Arrest Made in Hubbardton Double Homicide

in Feature/Vermont

HUBBARDTON — Yesterday at approximately 1:37 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a shooting at 578 VT Route 30 in Hubbardton. Upon arrival two male subjects were confirmed deceased outside the residence. The identities of both victims are being withheld pending positive identification.

Detectives with the Vermont State Police started an immediate investigation, while members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team were activated to process the scene.

The preliminary investigation led police to believe that the sole resident at 578 VT Route 30, identified as Sylvester Labartino, age 70, may have been involved in the incident. As a result officers were notified to be on the lookout for Labartino’s vehicle, a white Ford Bronco.

At approximately 2:22 p.m. the vehicle was observed by officers traveling north on VT Route 30 in the town of Castleton. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the operator as Sylvester Labartino. Labartino was detained pending further investigation and transported to the Rutland Barracks.

Based on the information collected during the initial investigation, Sylvester Labartino was arrested in the early morning hours of January 13 on two counts of 2nd degree murder.

Vermont State Police are asking for anyone who observed a white Ford Bronco II during the afternoon of Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the areas of Hubbardton, Castleton, or Fair Haven, to contact the state police at 802-773-9101.

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