Man Arrested for Vt. Home Invasion, Kidnapping

Jason Ames, 35, of St. Albans allegedly broke into a home on Lower Gilman Street

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A Vermont man was arrested after a home invasion in St. Albans, Vt. early Sunday morning, according to local police.

Jason Ames, 35, of St. Albans allegedly broke into a home on Lower Gilman Street, held the residents - one woman, one man, and a child - at gunpoint, and demanded drugs and money.

St. Albans police said that, after learning there were no drugs in the home, Ames ordered the man to round up all electronic devices and cigarettes and load them into the victim's own truck.

Ames then reportedly forced the man to drive to an ATM and withdraw money. At this point, police said he left the man by the side of the road and warned him not to contact authorities.

Police spotted Ames in the stolen truck soon after the incident and arrested him after a car chase from St. Albans into Swanton, Vt. Ames then took off on foot and was aprehended inside of a closet in a residence on North River Street.

In addition to St. Albans police, Vermont State Police, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted in the search for Ames.

Ames was charged with eight different counts, including assault and robbery and kidnapping and is being held at the Northwest State Correction Facility on $50,000 bail. It is unclear if he has legal representation at this time.

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