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Vermont man who ran from police for 5 days ordered held without bail

  • Vermont State Police stand in a driveway of a Marshfield, Vt. property where Harley Breer, an assault suspect with a long criminal history, surrendered on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Breer had been on the run since Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Published: 4/15/2021 4:30:09 PM
Modified: 4/15/2021 4:30:06 PM

MARSHFIELD, Vt. — A Vermont man with a lengthy criminal history who was on the run for five days after allegedly assaulting a neighbor is going to be held without bail, a judge ruled Thursday.

During his initial court appearance, Harley Breer denied violating probation and pleaded not guilty to new charges stemming from the five days he was on the run, Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said.

Breer, 51, was taken into custody Wednesday without incident when he surrendered to a state trooper in Marshfield, police said. His attorney did not return a call Thursday seeking comment.

Thibault said he would seek to have a judge revoke Breer’s house release and his probation, which could send Breer to prison for as much as a life sentence.

Breer, whose criminal history includes convictions for kidnapping and aggravated domestic assault, was on furlough and under the supervision of the Vermont Department of Corrections when the alleged assault occurred April 9.

Breer is also facing new charges stemming from the alleged assault on a relative and resisting arrest, Thibault said.

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