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Police: Man tried to hijack Winnebago County squad car

ROSCOE — A Vermont man is behind bars in Winnebago County after a hijacking incident involving a deputy’s squad car.

Roscoe Police say the incident unfolded early Thursday, when officers located a van stolen out of New Hampshire parked at the Loves Truck Stop. As officers approached the van, the driver backed up and hit a Roscoe squad car.

According to police, the driver, identified as 42-year-old Richard Johannesen, of Stowe, Vermont, then threw the driver of a Chevy Cavalier on the ground and hijacked the car.

Officers later located the Cavalier but the driver had fled on foot. Police set up perimeter and found Johannesen allegedly attempting to hijack a Winnebago County squad car near the truck stop.  He as taken into custody at the scene.

Johannesen faces multiple charges. Roscoe Police charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, vehicular hijacking and criminal damage to state supported property. County deputies added aggravated battery to a police officer, attempted vehicular hijacking, criminal damage to state supported-property and resisting arrest.

Johannesen is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail without bond. R.

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