BETHEL – On Saturday afternoon, the Vermont State Police sent out a release alerting the public about a man they said should be considered armed and dangerous afther he allegedly find a gun while assaulting a man in Braintree on Thursday.

Police are also asking for help in locating, Jeremy Potwin, 39, of Bethel.

Potwin is wanted on two arrest warrants, one for violating conditions of release from custody and the other for escaping from the custody of the Vermont Department of Corrections' probation and parole department.

Potwin was under supervision by probation and parole after his 2018 conviction for leaving the scene of a 2017 South Royalton motor vehicle crash which killed James R. Arbuckle, 38, of Royalton. Potwin pleaded guilty to causing the death.

Police said Potwin is wanted for questioning in connection with a vehicle pursuit with the Vermont State Police on May 3 and with an aggravated assault and kidnapping that occurred Thursday in Braintree.

Police said Potwin may have assaulted a man he knew and discharged a firearm on Thursday but no one was seriously injured.

Potwin is a white man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has green eyes and red hair.

Members of the public should consider Potwin armed and dangerous. Anyone who encounters him should not approach him and instead immediately call 911 or the Vermont State Police in Royalton at 234-9933, according to the release.

State police also are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 2005 black Ford Ranger pick-up truck with Vermont license plate 351A792, which Potwin may be driving.

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