WARREN — A Massachusetts man is being held in Vermont and facing charges of larceny, selling drugs and beating up his girlfriend.
Travis C. Perkins, 34, pleaded not guilty in Chittenden County criminal court Friday to three counts of felony delivery of a depressant, stimulant or narcotic, one count of felony aggravated domestic assault, one count of domestic assault, one count of petit larceny and one count of interference with access to emergency services. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 27½ years and a $261,000 fine. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
According to a Vermont State Police affidavit, Perkins staged a robbery with his girlfriend at Mac’s Market in Warren, where she worked, in April. Perkins was dressed all in black and wearing a mask when he was allegedly driven to the store by another female. The woman dropped Perkins off and he proceeded to walk into the store, point a BB handgun at his girlfriend, and take $699.35 in cash and $485.40 worth of cigarettes. Perkins was then picked up by the same female who had dropped him off and left the scene.
The woman who drove Perkins told state police that she didn’t want to do so or be involved in the incident at all, but was scared that if she didn’t cooperate he would kill her. The woman told state police that she and Perkins had been in a sexual relationship in the past and at one point during the relationship, he had thrown her up against a refrigerator, grabbed her by the throat and told her he was going to kill her.
The woman told state police that Perkins and she had started corresponding when he was incarcerated in Massachusetts. After Perkins was released by Massachusetts authorities in November 2012, he moved to Vermont and took up residence with the woman. After a time, according to the woman, another woman who knew Perkins from Massachusetts moved to Vermont and in with them. This second woman was described by state police as Perkins’ girlfriend, and the person who was working at the store during the alleged theft.
Apart from the robbery, Perkins was also being investigated for selling prescription medications. State police say a criminal informant was used three times to get pills such as Ativan, Lorazepam and Clonazepam from Perkins.
The informant also told state police that Perkins’ girlfriend had two black eyes when he made the transactions.
When state police talked to Perkins’ girlfriend Thursday, they say she had severe bruising on her face that she was trying to cover with makeup. The woman told state police that a week ago she and Perkins were at a friend’s house and she had “blacked out” from drinking. The woman told state police she had “come to” in a truck with Perkins strangling her. She told state police that she believed Perkins also hit her in the face and may have broken her cheekbone, although she did not remember being struck.
When questioned by state police, Perkins denied hitting the woman, but admitted to giving his prescriptions away, claiming to be unaware that was illegal.
Perkins has a lengthy criminal history in Massachusetts, including numerous larcenies, an assault with a dangerous weapon conviction in 2009, and a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in 2004.
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