Claremont Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping, Assault Charges

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

White River Junction — A 26-year-old Claremont man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted his girlfriend over the weekend.

Nicholas Cabral pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to felony-level kidnapping and aggravated domestic assault charges, as well as misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, simple assault on a law enforcement officer and domestic assault during his arraignment in Windsor Superior Court in White River Junction.

Cabral allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, Angelica Barbour, after a night of drinking on Saturday, according to a police affidavit.

Barbour told police that the pair left a Claremont bar around midnight to go back to Barbour’s residence and during the ride they began to argue. Cabral, who was driving, stopped the car and Barbour took off on foot after being threatened, the affidavit states.

Cabral allegedly took off after her, tackled her and dragged her back to the car. He then punched and choked her before bringing her back to her residence in Cavendish, Vt., according to the affidavit.

Barbour, who had visible face and neck injuries in photos filed in court, fled her residence in a vehicle but crashed it into a ditch in Weathersfield. Police arrived on scene around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, the affidavit states.

Police took Cabral into custody, and while he was in the back of a cruiser, he allegedly kicked the rear driver’s side door, striking an officer’s thumb, according to the affidavit.

Cabral told police Barbour suffered her injuries when she got into a physical fight with another female at the bar. Cabral had a blood alcohol content of 0.12, the affidavit states.

Cabral is next due in court on Feb. 20.