Police: Man lied about his identityJuly 04,2014BENNINGTON — A local man is being held on $2,500 bail after police said he tried to mislead them about his true identity while they were conducting an investigation.
Orlando L. Vega, 27, of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court on Monday on a felony count of impeding a public officer, one misdemeanor count each of giving false information to a police officer to attempt to implicate another person and disorderly conduct for fighting as well as two misdemeanor counts of violating the conditions of his release from custody.
In an affidavit, Cpl. Andy Hunt, of the Bennington Police Department, said police got a call around 8 p.m. Saturday from a woman who said a man she knew only as “Orlando” threatened her with a gun and a baseball bat on Pleasant Street.
While investigating, Hunt said he spoke with a man later identified as Vega outside a Pleasant Street apartment building. Hunt said Vega was uncooperative and gave him a false name of “Furnado Vaga.”
While the woman who made the complaint said he had taken a gun from his pants and pointed it up in the air and later waved a baseball bat while outside the apartment building, Hunt said police didn’t find any weapons.
The woman indicated she had no real previous relationship with Vega and claimed the incident started because she told him to stop giving her “dirty looks.”
Vega was charged May 5 with driving under the influence of alcohol, attempting to elude police and other related charges. One of the conditions of his release was that he not drink alcohol and submit to an alcosensor.
Hunt said he believed Vega had been drinking alcohol Saturday, but Vega refused to give a breath sample.
Vega is being held in the Rutland jail.MORE IN This Just InJust days before his crusade with cancer was lost, Sgt. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Well diggers in Cardiff, New York, find what is thought to be the petrified body of a 10-foot-tall man, perfectly preserved after thousands of years, which becomes a popular roadside attraction until proven to be a fake.
- Pittsford Haunted House
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1720, 'Calico Jack' Rackham, Caribbean pirate and early feminist, known for recruiting women to his crew and for fabric decorating skills after creating 'Jolly Roger' flag, is captured by the British Royal Navy.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont has a new state Supreme Court Justice; city hospital says it can save plenty by upgrading its lights and trucking in natural gas; Springfield has a new town manager, former West Rutland guy, Tom Yennerall.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1307, King Phillip the Fair of France orders hundreds of Knights Templar rounded up and arrested, charged with heresy, tortured until they confess; on this day in 1917, thousands see miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Solarfest likely to be on hold until at least 2016, Great Dane involved in theft of an $89,000 shotgun leads police to the thieves, PSB will not reopen VGS pipeline case, prosecutors want evidence in body-packing drug case.