• Husband of missing woman arrested on unrelated charges in Bellows Falls
    July 03,2013

    Staff Report

    BELLOWS FALLS — The estranged husband of a missing Charlestown, N.H., woman has been arrested on what Vermont State Police are saying are unrelated charges.

    James Robarge, 43, of Rockingham, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Bellows Falls, by Bellows Falls village police, at the urgent care facility located at the former Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

    According to a press release from Vermont State Police Detective Richard Holden, Robarge had called the Rockingham Medical Group at 1:30 p.m., and was given an appointment at 3 p.m. The medical office called Bellows Falls police and asked for help, saying “this person was likely to become violent” and was the husband of the missing woman, Kelly Robarge.

    Bellows Falls police attempted to intercept Robarge before he reached the facility as he was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer with Vermont plates on Route 121.

    While they stopped him, he refused to get out of the vehicle and sped into the Bellows Falls village to the urgent care facility.

    Police say that Robarge almost hit some pedestrians outside the facility, with his vehicle coming to rest against a planter. He fled into urgent care and ran down several hallways before Bellows Falls police were able to restrain him.

    He was taken into custody by Bellows Falls police and later transferred to the Rockingham barracks of the Vermont State Police.

    Robarge is expected to be arraigned today. He was held overnight at the state prison in Springfield. He will be charged with attempting to elude police officers and gross negligent operation.

    A vigil was held for Kelly Robarge Tuesday evening outside the Robarge home in Charlestown, attracting about 200 people, including the couple’s two daughters.

    Vermont State Police referred all comment on the missing person case to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

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