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Posted on: November 17, 2023

Vermont Man Pulled Knife on Lebanon Police Officer During Arrest


On Friday, November 17, 2023, the Lebanon Police Department was notified of a gold Toyota Corolla that was involved in a theft in Plainfield, NH. In an effort to locate the vehicle, Lebanon Officers began checking shopping plazas in West Lebanon.

At approximately 11:25 AM, Sergeant Adam Leland located the suspect vehicle in the Target Plaza. Further checks indicated that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Barre City, VT.  

Upon Sergeant Leland’s approach, a male was standing at the rear of the vehicle while a female was in the passenger seat. When Sergeant Leland attempted to detain the male, he retreated into the vehicle. When the male failed to comply with verbal commands, a taser was deployed. The male then got out of the vehicle while pulling out a knife. Additional Lebanon Officers arrived and were able to place the male and female into custody. 

The male was identified as Richard Atkinson, age 36, from Barre City, VT. The female was identified as Ali Bartlett, age 26, from West Lebanon, NH. 

Atkinson was charged with Recovered Stolen Property, a Class A Felony, Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threatening, and a Felon in Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all Class B Felonies, and he was also charged with Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor. 

Bartlett was charged with Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited, a Class B Felony, and giving a False Report to Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Both were held on preventative detention and were brought to the Grafton County House of Corrections. A Grafton County Superior Court arraignment date is to be determined.


Authorized by: Chief Phillip J. Roberts          Date: 11/17/2023

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