Police: man held at gunpoint at Barre motel

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 7:54 AM EDT
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BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) - A Chelsea man was in court Friday after police say he held a man at gunpoint in Barre.

Wayland Childs, 35, pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges including aggravated assault. Police say they were called to the Hollow Inn & Motel on South Main Street Thursday evening where they found Childs pinning the victim to the ground with a gun against his neck. They say they took Childs into custody without any issue.

Court paperwork says that Childs went to the motel to get items back that had reportedly been stolen from him. Barre Police Chief Timothy Bombardier says it stems from a Vermont State Police case and was a serious incident that could have been avoided. “This isn’t an incident where somebody was protecting their house and somebody was breaking in their house and it involved a gun. This person went out of their way to track this individual down and confront him in a public place -- totally different than defending your house or loved ones,” he said.

Childs was released with conditions and is due back in court at a later date.

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