On April 22, at around 7:20 a.m., an unidentified victim was placing her young daughter into a vehicle when a man, later identified as Ronald Gagne, age 43, of Pittsford, approached her and pushed her face down into the vehicle. The man then struck her numerous times in the head with a weapon. When he attempted to walk around the car, the victim was able to free her child from the car and escape. He fled the area but came back and stole the victim's car.
A passerby picked up the victim and a 911 call was made. A Pittsford Police officer was in the area, spotted the vehicle and initiated a vehicular pursuit. Troopers from VSP-Rutland joined in this pursuit as did officers from the Rutland City Police Department.
The suspect crashed his vehicle through a front yard located on Pearl Street and almost struck a house. He then fled the area on foot. Several K-9 Units responded and a dog track was started. Numerous officers from several agencies were involved.
A short time later, a male matching the description of the suspect was spotted walking on Lincoln Avenue. A state police detective pulled alongside the man and attempted to speak to him. He refused to stop and speak to the detective and then started running through the residential area. Another detective apprehended the suspect after a short foot chase.
The man was identified as Ronald Gagne currently on probation for burglary.
Kidnapping tools were located during this investigation. Numerous charges are being considered to include attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempting to elude.
State police detectives revealed that the victim and accused know each other. An investigation into a more specific motive is underway.
The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team assisted in processing numerous scenes and collecting evidence.
If anyone witnessed this event or has any further information, please call Det. Lt. Tim Oliver at 773-9101.