Shoplifting incident turns into assault, man and woman from Orleans arrested

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ORLEANS — A man and a woman from Orleans are facing a slew of charges after police say the man assaulted a 67-year-old security guard who tried to question them about shoplifting, then hit him with their car as he chased them into the parking lot of the Green Mountain Mall.

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Police say Amanda Gilbar, 26, and Dennis Saxton 24, were stopped by security as they left the Ocean State Job Lots at the Green Mountain Mall in St Johnsbury, on Tuesday, March 15.

Saxton agreed to speak with security guard Joe Perrault, 67, of St. Johnsbury, about shoplifting items from the store.

According to police, while up in the office Saxton assaulted Perrault as he fled the store. Perrault attempted to stop the vehicle in the parking lot.

Authorities say Gilbar backed into Perrault, striking him above the knees with the vehicle bumper, before fleeing the scene.

The vehicle was stopped a short time later in Lyndonville. Gilbar and Saxton had their infant daughter in the vehicle during the incident. 

Saxton is charged with assault and retail theft.

Gilbar is charged with aggravated assault, retail theft, leaving the scene of an accident and cruelty to a child under ten by someone over 16.