NEWPORT CITY – A man brandishing a handgun walked into the Behavioral Health Services (BAART*) building on Union Street in Newport City Tuesday morning and demanded methadone, a substance used to treat drug dependency. BAART runs the area methadone clinic but not at that location.
Police responded to the 911 call around 10:56 AM and advised area schools, the hospital and businesses to go into lockdown at 11:15 AM as a precaution.
The gunman man did not get any methadone and fled on foot. The Newport City Police obtained a description of the man and, with assistance from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, Vermont State Police and U.S. Border Patrol, set up a perimeter. The police K-9 unit tracked the suspect to the Waterfront Plaza where it lost the scent. A police officer went to the Rite Aid Pharmacy at the Waterfront Plaza and North Country Union High School.
As of yesterday afternoon, police were not able to locate the gunman.
Police describe the man as white, between 5’4” and 5'6,” thin build, brown eyes, last seen wearing blue jeans, tan boots, a black knitted cap and a piece of cloth covering his face.
For more on the search and concerns over the school lockdown, read the Newport Daily Express for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.