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Police cite men in Weybridge pepper spray incident

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Posted on July 7, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



WEYBRIDGE — Vermont State Police cited two men after they allegedly pepper-sprayed two individuals on Weybridge Road (Route 23) in Weybridge at around 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 6.

Travis J. Simpson, 21, of Vergennes was cited with aggravated assault, VSP said.

Hieu V. Tran, 25, of Burlington was cited with aiding in the commission of a felony, driving with a criminally suspended license and violating his condition of release, according to VSP Trooper Adria Pickin.

Both were lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail, according to police.

Police allege Simpson and Tran pulled into a driveway of a Weybridge Road home and were approached by the victims, whom they simply described as a 22-year-old Weybridge resident and a 23-year-old Rutland individual. State police did not provide the names or genders of the two victims.

Police said the victims told Simpson and Tran — whom they did not know — that they needed to leave. As the victims were returning to their own vehicle, Simpson and Tran approached them and pepper sprayed them, according to state police.

One of the victims retrieved a handgun from their vehicle and discharged several rounds after having been pepper sprayed, police said. Those shots did not injure Tran or Simpson and state police have announced no citation(s) in connection with the gunfire, according to Pickin’s press release.

VSP said Middlebury police were first at the scene and had taken Tran and Simpson into custody upon their arrival.

State police continue to investigate the incident and said additional charges might be filed.

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