Man assaulted with mace and baseball bat then robbed in Craftsbury

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crime sceneCRAFTSBURY — A 48-year-old man from Craftsbury was the victim of an assault and robbery on Tuesday night. Police are reporting that at 8:30 p.m., they responded to the incident that took place at the victim’s home, located at 47 East Craftsbury Road.

Richard Gutzmann informed police that two subjects had stopped at his residence asking him for assistance, explaining that they were having trouble with their vehicle.

As Gutzmann turned for the telephone the subjects grabbed him, sprayed his face with some sort of mace or pepper spray, and assaulted him with a baseball bat. 

The subjects reportedly stole an undisclosed amount of money from Guzmann’s wallet before fleeing the scene in a vehicle of unknown description. 

The suspects are described as one Caucasian male approximately 6 foot tall with dark colored hair, dressed in dark clothing with a hood pulled tightly over his head. The other was described as a short male or female dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask.

Gutzmann was transported to Copley Hospital by Hardwick Rescue Ambulance Service to be treated for his injuries.

State Police Troopers and detectives are continuing the investigation.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

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