One man is in custody and a second remains at large following what police are calling a drug-related home invasion Saturday night.
Christopher L. Orkins, 34, of Rutland, pleaded innocent Monday in Rutland criminal court to aiding in the commission of a felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
According to affidavits filed with the court, Rutland City Police responded to 110 Maple St. about 5 p.m. for a reported home invasion with injuries.
Police interviewed residents, Craig Nugent Jr., his girlfriend Sherri Bergeron, and her son, Devin Moulton.
Nugent and Bergeron told police a man kicked in their door and was followed in by at least three other men, who discharged pepper spray into the living room. Nugent and Bergeron identified the man who kicked their door as Calvin Alexander, known locally as “Drama,” and recognized a second assailant as Orkins, records state.
Nugent and Bergeron were personally acquainted with Alexander and Orkins, according to police.
The pepper spray drove the apartment’s residents out of the living room. Moulton was struck in the head with a pistol as he ran toward the front door, records state. Bergeron and Nugent ran into their bedroom, followed by their assailants, who demanded money and drugs, according to affidavits.
One of the assailants pointed a gun at Bergeron, and when Nugent threw himself at the gunman, he was attacked by multiple assailants who then fled the apartment, records state.
Orkins was lodged at the Rutland jail on $15,000 bail by Judge Nancy Corsones, who noted Orkins’ 2007 conviction for conspiracy to distribute drugs and his apparent poor health.
“Based upon your appearance — thin, emaciated and, under these lights, looking somewhat green, I’m concerned drugs are involved,” she said.
Alexander remains at large, as do two other males allegedly involved in the home invasion.
“The information we have is that he (Alexander) has fled the state,” Rutland City Police Sgt. John Sly said Monday night.
In 2005, Alexander was arraigned on charges he was one of four people who used pepper spray while breaking into a Rutland man’s home.
The incident came up at Monday’s Board of Aldermen meeting as, Cam Johnston, the owner of 110 Maple St., asked the board to consider placing security cameras in some of the city’s more crime-ridden neighborhoods. Johnston said that while he was a strong advocate of private property rights, he had no problem with surveillance on public sidewalks.
“We can’t put a police officer on every corner,” he said.
The board referred the issue to the Charter and Ordinance Committee.
Herald reporter Gordon Dritschilo contributed to this story.
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