Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Reckless Endangerment

Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon
Standoff with police
CASE#: 15RY00358
ASSISTING OFFICERS: RPD- Chief Hull, VSP- Capt. Keefe, Lt. Jenkins, Sgt Gardner, Det. Sgt. O’Donnell, Tpr. Blais, Tpr. Cuttita, Tpr. Knapp, Tpr. Martin, Tpr. Salvatore
CONTACT: Royalton Police Dept. – 802-763-7776 (Ofc. Breault)

DATE/TIME: 6/4/2015 3:55 PM
LOCATION: 644 North Road (Royalton, VT) North Road Auto
VIOLATION: Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon (2 counts), Reckless Endangerment (2 counts), Interference with Access to Emergency Services, Simple Assault, Violation of Probation

ACCUSED: Didace G. Lacroix, Jr.
AGE: 71

VICTIM: Amiletta Sturtevant
AGE: 53

VICTIM: Susanna Petrie
AGE: 43

On Thurs., June 4 at approximately 4:00 PM, Royalton police were dispatched to 644 North Road (North Road Auto & Tire) in Royalton for a report of a man threatening a female with a gun. It was also reported that the man was holding the gun to the female’s head attempting to have her call off police response.

Two Royalton police units responded to the scene with nine units from Vermont State Police. Upon arrival, all units staged on North Road overlooking the incident scene. The roadway was closed down to prevent traffic from traversing the area in front of the incident scene. The man, identified as Didace G. Lacroix, 71, of Royalton, was seen walking around with a shotgun. Throughout the next approximately 30 minutes, numerous attempts were made to contact Lacroix by use of the “PA” loud speaker in one of the cruisers. Lacroix refused to follow the directives to put down the gun. Lacroix eventually did put down the gun and was taken into custody. Investigation revealed that Lacroix, owner of North Road Auto & Tire, allegedly pointed the shotgun at two female employees (identified above), threatened to shoot them, causing them to fear for their lives.

Lacroix was arrested and processed at the Royalton barracks. Lacroix was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail. He was cited to appear in Windsor Superior Court Criminal Division on 6/5/2015 at 12:30 PM to answer to the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (2 counts); Reckless Endangerment (2 counts); Interference with Access to Emergency Services; Simple Assault; and Violation of Probation.

COURT DATE: June 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM
COURT: Windsor Criminal Division
LODGED – LOCATION: Southern State Correctional Facility
BAIL: $10,000.00


Ceremony to Honor Officers

On May 15th at 8:30 AM there will be a ceremony on the front steps of the statehouse in Montpelier to honor the 22 Vermont police officers who have fallen in the line of duty.

“In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.”

Click It or Ticket


Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 18th
Windsor County Law Enforcement Will Show Zero Tolerance

MAY 12 — Once again, the Royalton Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Police officers from all over Windsor County will be participating in a two-week Click It Or Ticket Task Force, conducting saturation patrols and seatbelt safety checkpoints. This will be funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s grand awards. The purpose of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to save lives. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half of the 21,132 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2013 were unrestrained.

In 2014, there were 44 Vermont highway deaths, which was a drop from 71 in 2013. So far in 2015, Vermont has seen 10 highway fatalities.