Woman Escapes Her Kidnappers' Vehicle With Her Hands Bound by Duct Tape

The woman lived with the suspects.

A Vermont woman, who was kidnapped near her home on February 23rd, escaped her kidnappers, managing to drive their car to safety while her hands and part of her head were bound in duct tape. The unbelievable escape resulted in both the kidnappers being arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, unlawful restraint in the first degree, and aggravated domestic assault in the first degree. Here is everything you need to know about what happened. 

The Victim Was Forcibly Restrained and Her Life Was Threatened

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According to a press release, the Vermont woman was picked up on the side of the road by the suspects, Mack Varnum and Nichole Cloutier. According to WCAX, the victim had been living with Varnum, and the two were in dispute after the victim borrowed his car to buy drugs.

The woman informed authorities that she and two other people had stolen an AR-15 from Varnum and sold it for "$300 to an out of state drug dealer," the month prior, per the charging. "She stated that Varnum was upset about his gun being sold and that she was supposed to get the AR back, but that she couldn't." 

She was "forcibly restrained and bound" in Varnum's truck and was driven into the Peacham and Danville area and restrained for several hours while her life was threatened. According to the report, eventually, she was left alone in the truck.  

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She Escaped While Bound

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It was then, still partially bound, that she drove away in the truck and ended up on Bay Street in St. Johnsbury Village. First responders freed her, and she was transported to a local hospital and treated. 

Evidence was collected at the truck, and police interviewed the victim. Varnum and Cloutier had been arrested at Varnum's residence the following day. Both are being held at the Northeast Reginal Correctional Center without bail, and both are awaiting arraignment. 

Varnum was charged with kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, unlawful restraint in the first degree, and aggravated domestic assault in the first degree, while Cloutier was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint in the first degree, and aggravated assault.

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