BARRE — A Connecticut man is accused of smashing windshields in Barre for no apparent reason.
Micael S. Bizuneh, 30, of Hartford, Connecticut, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to two misdemeanor counts of unlawful mischief and a misdemeanor count of giving false information to law enforcement. If convicted, Bizuneh faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison. He was released on conditions.
Officer Jacob Frey, of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit on Aug. 28 he received a report about a male who had thrown a rock into a vehicle’s windshield on Brook Street. He said the description of the male matched that of Bizuneh.
Frey said he had cited Bizuneh on Aug. 22 for similar actions. That time he said Bizuneh threw a brick into a vehicle’s windshield.
Frey said he went to the scene of the Aug. 28 incident and found a Jeep Wrangler with a smashed windshield and a rock nearby. He said he spoke to a witness who reported hearing glass smash and looked up to see a man walking away from the Jeep.
Frey showed the witness a picture of Bizuneh and she told him that was the person she had seen, according to court records.
Frey said he located Bizuneh a short distance away from the Jeep and he denied smashing the Jeep’s windshield. He said Bizuneh admitted to smashing the windshield on Aug. 22.
Frey said he told Bizuneh he thought Bizuneh was responsible for other reported smashed windshields and Bizuneh replied he didn’t know what Frey was talking about and smiled. Frey said he asked Bizuneh why he was smiling and he replied he was a “goofy guy.”
Frey said other smashed windshields were reported Aug. 27, Aug. 28 and Aug. 29.
He said Bizuneh is a suspect for incidents in Montpelier where nine vehicles were vandalized.
For the false information charge, Frey said when he questioned Bizuneh about the smashed windshield on Aug. 22 Bizuneh gave him a false name.
Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault said Bizuneh is facing felony charges in Maine for similar conduct. Thibault said he had filed additional charges Friday against Bizuneh for other incidents but court staff could not locate the charges Tuesday.
Court records don’t say why Bizuneh was smashing windshields.