ST. ALBANS — Two fugitives tried to escape from police in a rowboat on St. Albans Bay on Saturday morning.
John Vincelette and Jessica Labelle were fishing when St. Albans Police Officer John Grismore, while on patrol, spotted them in the boat near the bridge just north of the bay park, according to St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor.
The St. Albans Police Dept. (SAPD) had been alerted earlier by the U.S. Marshal’s Service that Vincelette and Labelle might be in the area.
“When officers tried to make contact with them, they started paddling frantically into the middle of the bay,” said Taylor.
The SAPD then contacted Vermont State Police. State Police in turn asked the two fish and game wardens on marine patrol in North Hero to go to St. Albans Bay. “They hitched a tow rope to their boat and towed them right to shore,” said Taylor.
Vincelette was lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility. He was being sought for escape from furlough.
Labelle was wanted in Chittenden County on charges of sale of narcotics and five counts of false pretenses. She has been lodged in the Chittenden County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 in bail.
Taylor praised the work of Grismore, the SAPD’s only part-time officer, saying, “That’s some good police work right there.”