Rutland men charged in assault on woman, teen

MIDDLEBURY — Two Rutland men are facing assault-related charges in connection with their alleged roles in an Aug. 18 fight at a Seymour Street residence in Middlebury where a woman was struck in the face and a youth was beaten and choked to the point of almost losing consciousness, according to records on file at the Addison County Courthouse.
Grover W. Pangburn, 39, pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from the fight.
Another alleged combatant, Brian Hathaway Jr., 26, did not show up for his arraignment on Monday and was being sought on an arrest warrant as the Addison Independent went to press.
On the night of the incident, Middlebury Police Officer Connor Sousa was dispatched to a home at 51 Seymour St. at 1:53 a.m. on Aug. 18 amid reports of a man in a pickup truck causing a disturbance, according to court records.
Witnesses told Sousa that Hathaway and Pangburn got involved in an argument with a 16-year-old youth at the home, a dispute that allegedly escalated into a fight, according to court records. Hathaway allegedly told police the argument surrounded the size of a “dime bag” that he had allegedly sought to purchase at that address. The youth told police that he was having an argument with his girlfriend when Pangburn allegedly hit him, according to Sousa’s affidavit. Hathaway allegedly joined in and “punched (the youth) multiple times in his head with closed fists,” according to witness testimony in the affidavit.
At some point, the youth recalled falling to the ground and was allegedly put in a choke hold by Pangburn, according to court records.
“He said he could not breathe and that he might have blacked out because he does not remember all of it and was light-headed,” Sousa’s affidavit states.
The youth also alleged that Pangburn hit a woman at the scene who tried to hold Pangburn back, according to court records.
Another witness told Sousa that Hathaway got into a truck at the scene and allegedly threatened to back the vehicle over the youth, according to court records. That witness reported joining forces with another witness to allegedly “pull (the youth) out of the way of the truck,” according to Sousa’s affidavit.
Both men denied striking the youth.
If convicted on the aggravated assault charge, Pangburn faces up to 15 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Hathaway has been cited for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license and simple assault, both misdemeanors.

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