Man sought in city home invasion jailed in New York
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | February 14,2013
A man wanted in connection with a home invasion in Rutland is sitting in a New York jail, according to the Whitehall, N.Y., police department.
Police in the city have been looking for 30-year-old Calvin B. Alexander Jr., since witnesses at 110 Maple St. said he was involved in what has been described as a forced entry burglary and assault at that address Feb. 2.
Whitehall Police Chief Matthew Dickinson said this week that Alexander, who police say is also known by the aliases “Kevin Cross” and “Drama,” was arrested in his community last week on charges of false personation and being a fugitive from justice.
A Rutland judge last week ordered an arrest warrant for Alexander with bail set at $75,000. But Alexander remained in the Washington County jail in New York on Wednesday.
Rutland County State’s Attorney Marc Brierre said Wednesday that he wants to bring Alexander back to Vermont to face felony charges of burglary in an occupied dwelling and aiding in the commission of a felony. But the prosecutor said he is waiting for Alexander to be available for extradition from New York.
“When it looks like we can get him, we’ll get him,” he said.
Brierre isn’t the only prosecutor in Vermont interested in pursuing charges against Alexander.
On Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office in Vermont filed a three-count indictment against Alexander charging him with distributing heroin and cocaine on three occasions in October 2012.
Alexander was one of two men identified as suspects in the Rutland home invasion.
Two days after the break-in on Maple Street, Christopher L. Orkins, 34, of Rutland, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to aiding in the commission of a felony for his alleged role in the incident.
At least one other man who witnesses say was involved in the incident has yet to be identified.
Witnesses told police a man, later identified as Alexander, kicked in their door and was followed in by at least three other men, who discharged pepper spray into the living room.
The pepper spray drove the apartment’s residents out of the living room and one resident was struck in the head with a pistol as he ran toward the front door, according to court records.
The assailants demanded money and drugs, according to police affidavits.