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New details about Berlin manhunt

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BERLIN, Vt. -

New details about a man Vermont State Police say tried to escape custody.

Investigators say Jonathan Henry is now also facing kidnapping charges that all started with a Craigslist deal.

While hospitals deal with medical emergencies all the time, the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin had a different type of problem to handle Jan. 31 when state police say an inmate made a run for it.

Jonathan Henry, 28, of Marshfield, was taken to the hospital for dialysis when according to investigators he told staff he needed to use the bathroom and took off.

"The search was approximately three hours and all the local agencies were called in as well as us. K-9 and a search ensued from the hospital and outward," said Lt. Matt Nally with the Vermont State Police.

Henry was captured miles away from the hospital near the River Run Manor mobile home park off Route 302 in Berlin. Monday, new details surfaced about why Henry was in custody in the first place.

"There was a relationship established through Craigslist, and the victim and the accused met up in the Berlin area, and that is where these incidents took place," said Nally.

Authorities say it was a Craigslist deal gone wrong when Richard Esty, 67, of New Haven, responded to a post and arranged to meet Henry Jan. 27 in East Montpelier. Police won't say what the meeting was about, but claim that during the encounter Henry physically assaulted Esty and drove him to Berlin, where Henry then blackmailed Esty into giving him money.

"My understanding is he has quite a lengthy criminal record and he is a violent person," said Nally.

Henry now faces kidnapping, unlawful restraint, extortion, and simple assault charges. He will be in court Thursday.

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