Police Reports 12/08/2021

Hardwick Police

Media Log

November 29: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Assist – Public, High St.; Assist – Public, W. Church St.; Citizen Dispute, Vt. Rte. 16; 911 Hangup, Hillary Dr.

November 30: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Juvenile Problem, Hazen Union Dr.; Suspicious Event, Pleasant St.; Suspicious Event, S. Main St.; Mental Health Incident, Woodbury St.; Assist – Motorist, Vt. Rte. 15E/Vt. Rte. 16.

December 1: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Theft, Evergreen Manor Dr.; Accident – Property Damage Only; Theft, Vt. Rte. 15 W.

December 2: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Traffic Stop, Wolcott St./Cottage St.; Directed Patrol, Highland Ave.

December 3: Directed Patrol, S. Main St.; Alarm, Log Yard Dr.; Assist – Other, Wolcott St.; Assist – Other, Wolcott St.; Wanted Person, High St.; Accident – Property Damage Only, N. Main St.; Threats/Harassment, Jenne Rd.

December 6: Juvenile Problem, Vt. Rte. 15 E; Juvenile Problem, Spruce Dr.; Suspicious Event, Mill St.; Assist – Agency, E. Church St.

Retail Theft

On Dec. 1, Nathaniel Bagley was cited for retail theft at Top’s Market.

This report is based on information provided by the Hardwick Police Department but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent unless they plead or are found guilty in court.

Vermont State Police

Double Homicide Update, Single Car Rollover

Following an extensive investigation that began more than three years ago, the Vermont State Police has identified a suspect in connection with a double homicide that occurred in Woodbury on October 30, 2018. A judge on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, issued an arrest warrant on charges of aggravated murder and first-degree arson for Manuel Gomez, 32, of Hartford, Conn., in connection with the killings of 29-year-old Carol Fradette and 48-year-old David Thompson at their homes on Bliss Road in Woodbury.

Gomez is in custody at the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, N.Y., on an unrelated federal conviction for illegal possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be released next week, at which time he will face arrest on the Vermont charges.

A joint investigation by the Vermont State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began after Fradette, Thompson, and their three dogs were shot and killed, and their residences set on fire on October 30, 2018. Fradette and Thompson lived in separate residences on the same property in Woodbury. Their bodies were found in their homes, which had both been set on fire. Investigators believe the fires were intended to conceal the homicides.

Investigators determined that Gomez was selling large quantities of heroin to Thompson, who might have owed Gomez more than $20,000. Digital evidence shows that Gomez traveled to the Woodbury area from Hartford, Conn., on the evening of October 30, 2018, and arrived at Thompson’s residence shortly before a neighbor called 911 to report a fire at the home. According to investigators and court paperwork, Gomez has denied knowledge of or involvement in the homicides. Statements from Gomez regarding his whereabouts on the evening in question contradict digital and physical evidence obtained during the investigation.

The Vermont State Police worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and with Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault throughout this investigation. Participating in the case were VSP’s Major Crime Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, Narcotics Investigation Unit, and Victim Services Unit; the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit; the Vermont Forensic Laboratory; the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office; the ATF; and the FBI.

“My office is grateful for the hard work and persistence that went into this investigation,” Thibault said. “The Vermont State Police, with federal partners, invested significant time and resources to develop the evidence needed to support criminal charges in this complex case. The multiagency collaboration and follow-through by the investigative team is a testament to the skill and professionalism of Vermont’s law enforcement community, and the shared commitment to seek truth and justice.”

Gomez appeared in court for his arraignment on Wednesday, December 1 in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court for Washington County.

On December 3, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle roll over crash near the intersection of Route 215 and Route 15 in Walden. Investigation revealed the operator, Juliana Correa, of Spofford, N.H., was traveling west on Route 15. Correa lost control of the vehicle due to the slick road conditions caused by the recent snow and went down an embankment.

This report is based on information provided by the Vermont State Police but is not a full accounting of police activity. Persons named in this report are presumed to be innocent unless they plead or are found guilty in court.

AWARE Report

HARDWICK – AWARE served nine people from November 27 to December 4.

AWARE is a nonprofit organization, established in 1984, dedicated to resolving the causes and effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in the greater Hardwick area. The 24-hour hotline is 802-472-6463.