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2 Upper Valley men face assault charges

Staff Report
Published: 8/3/2020 9:42:32 PM
Modified: 8/4/2020 1:22:24 PM

NEWPORT — Two Upper Valley men were ordered held on bail Monday after being arraigned on charges they conspired with others to rob and beat a marijuana dealer in the garage of a Newport home last week.

Tyler Anstruther, 25, of Bridgewater, and Mitchell Blaisdell, 18, of Claremont, were arraigned on an array of charges that included robbery, first-degree assault and falsifying physical evidence following the incident early Thursday morning at 142 Chestnut Road in Newport.

John Lyddy, 22, of Wilmington, Vt., told police that he went to the Newport home to sell a pound of marijuana and an ounce of cannabis concentrate to a Newport teen but was tackled and beaten inside the garage of the home, including being hit with a baseball bat and cut with a knife, according to an affidavit for an arrest by Newport police Det. Stephen A. Lee.

Lyddy later went to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont where he was treated for a “transverse fracture” of his T-11 vertebrae and a 1½ inch laceration on the back of his head, the affidavit said.

Police questioned Blaisdell and Anstruther, among others who were at the house that night, and later obtained arrest warrants for the pair and for Savion Thomas-Piche, 18, of Claremont.

Blaisdell and Anstruther were arrested over the weekend, and Thomas-Piche was arrested around 5 p.m. on Monday, according to Newport police.

Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker ordered Anstruther held on $2,500 cash or corporate surety bail, noting that he had a history of failing to appear in court as required, and Blaisdell, who is on bail on an unrelated charge, held on $3,500 cash bail. Thomas-Piche is slated to be arraigned Tuesday on related charges, police said. Police have said other arrests in the case are possible.


John R. Lyddy, the victim in an alleged assault in Newport last week, is 22. An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect age.

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