A Ripton man faces several charges after being arrested by Vermont State Police Friday, Sept. 30, according to officials at Troop C Headquarters in Rutland.
Around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, troopers from the New Haven barracks responded to the Lincoln Road residence of Jenn Wyrocki, 39, in Ripton for a welfare check. Ben Webb, 28, of Ripton, had allegedly assaulted Wyrocki and her roommate, 76-year-old George Farr, she told state police.
An investigation of the incident indicated that Webb had allegedly attacked Wyrocki, a live-in girlfriend, after a heated argument, punching and choking Wyrocki and Webb when he tried to intervene. Webb allegedly punched Farr in the face and head, then knocked him to the ground, causing incapacitating injuries.
Webb then allegedly held both victims at knifepoint for several hours, denying them medical attention and the ability to call for help. During this time, Webb allegedly threatened to kill Wyrocki and Farr if they attempted to leave the residence or call the police. Webb left in Wyrocki’s Chevrolet truck after she gave him a check for fuel and assured him that she would not call the police.
Middlebury police located Webb at a residence in Middlebury, and when state police responded to help take him into custody, Webb allegedly resisted arrest. Trooper Justin Busby deployed his Taser, incapacitating Webb and allowing the Middlebury officers to take him into custody.
Webb was charged with first degree aggravated domestic assault, aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint in the first degree, driving while license suspended-criminal, and violation of conditions of release. He was remanded to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association provided medical attention to Wyrocki, Farr and Webb. In addition, Webb was evaluated by the Addison County Counseling Service.