Middlebury Police Log: Man cited on multiple assault offenses

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Ralph Swayze Jr., 23, of Middlebury for multiple assault-related offenses after responding to a report of a man assaulting a woman in the middle of North Pleasant Street at around 5:30 p.m. this past Saturday, Sept. 9. 

Police said the man had fled the scene upon their arrival, and they went to look for him while staff from Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) tended to the victim. Police said they soon found their suspect, Swayze, who took off on foot. Police said they chased him down and took him into custody. 

Swayze, according to police, was cited with six counts of sexual assault, three counts of second degree aggravated domestic assault, unlawful restraint, and resisting arrest. Swayze was held without bail and taken to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility pending arraignment on Sept. 11.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

• Assisted a local family having a problem with a child on Sept. 4.

• Responded to a two-car accident on East Main Street just west of Case Street on Sept. 4. Police said one of the drivers reported an injury and was taken to Porter Medical Center by MREMS.

• Assisted Porter Hospital Emergency Department staff with an “agitated” patient on Sept. 5.

• Received a report on Sept. 5 that during a cleaning, Ilsley Library staff found a swastika scratched into a railing in the basement of the building. Officials said they believed the hate symbol had been scratched in “some time ago.”

• Cited Timothy G. Farr, 70, of Middlebury for violating his conditions of release in the Court Street area on Sept. 6.

• Located, and returned to Porter Hospital, a mental health patient who had left the campus against a court order on Sept. 6.

• Helped with traffic control amid downed power lines on North Pleasant Street on Sept. 7.

• Assisted MREMS with two separate medical emergency calls in the Jayne Court area on Sept. 7.

• Intervened in a domestic-related cyber-threat, in the John Graham Court area on Sept. 7.

• Investigated a complaint of people allegedly smoking marijuana in a public space downtown on Sept. 7.

• Followed up on complaints about a dog owner not picking up after its pooping pet in the East Main Street area on Sept. 7.

• Were informed of the alleged theft of a firearm from a utility vehicle parked off Exchange Street on Sept. 7.

• Assisted MREMS in caring for an overdose patient in the Route 7 North area on Sept. 8.

• Mediated a dispute between family members in the Washington Street Extension area on Sept. 8.

• Investigated an assault complaint made by a Porter Hospital patient on Sept. 8.

• Responded to a report of a large vehicle pulling down a low hanging telephone wire near the intersection of Seymour Street and Pulp Mill Bridge Road on Sept. 8.

• Received a report of someone driving away from Champlain Valley Fuels on Exchange Street without paying for gasoline on Sept. 8.

• Assisted MREMS with a medical call in Weybridge on Sept. 8.

• Received a report about a “suspicious man” outside the Champlain Farms store on Court Street at around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. Police said they stood by at the store while an employee closed the store for the night.

• Received a report about someone allegedly driving erratically on Route 7 South near East Middlebury on Sept. 9.

• Received a complaint on Sept. 9 from the Jayne Court area about noise caused by the generators and pumps at the town’s wastewater treatment facility.

• Heard from a person concerned about the safety of a woman seen walking along Route 7 while clad in a bathing suit on Sept. 9.

• Arrested Arron Giard, 22 of Brandon on an outstanding arrest warrant on Sept. 9. Police said Giard was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility.

• Assisted MREMS on scene at a medical call in the Geordies Path area on Sept. 9.

• Helped two local women resolve a dispute regarding the use of a vehicle on Sept. 10.

• Responded to a reported verbal altercation outside a Court Street business on Sept. 10.

• Were informed of the alleged theft of medications from a Route 7 North residence on Sept. 10.

• Assisted Vermont State Police at the scene of a traffic accident at the intersection of Route 7 North and River Road on Sept. 10.

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