Bellows Falls man to serve five years in prison for kidnapping family
By Jacqueline Palochko
The Keene Sentinel | April 29,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A Bellows Falls man will serve at least five years in prison for kidnapping his mother and brother, scratching his mother’s face with a knife and preventing her from calling police.
But Frank C. Foster said at a court hearing Thursday that he wants to put all this behind him and move on with his life.
Foster, 24, pleaded guilty in criminal court in Brattleboro to interference with emergency services, recklessly causing injury to another and two counts of retaining a person. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of escaping from supervision while he was furloughed from prison.
Judge David Suntag sentenced him to 5˝ to six years in prison.
On March 3, 2012, Foster escaped from corrections supervision when he fled from his mother’s apartment, where he was staying, and took off his ankle bracelet, court documents stated. Foster was furloughed from prison Feb. 14, 2012, after being convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and simple assault on a police officer.
On April 23, 2012, in Bellows Falls, Foster kidnapped his mother, Arlene Garran, and younger brother, demanding money, said Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Shriver. Foster also scratched his mother’s face with a knife at her house, Shriver said. When Garran tried to call for emergency services, Foster ripped the phone out of the wall, Shriver said.
Foster then made the two walk with him to a bank machine even though his mother told him she had no money. After, Foster forced them into a car with him, according to an affidavit prepared by Bellows Falls Police Officer Michael J. Keefe. Garran later escaped, running to a house and banging on windows for help because she was afraid her son was coming to get her, the affidavit states.
He was not captured by police until May 10, 2012, when police found him in Saxtons River.
When police approached Foster, who was bleeding from his left eye, he said his name was Nick Miles Foster. After police established who he was and put him in the back of the police cruiser, he kicked out the back window of the vehicle and tried to climb out. He also bit the inside right leg of a trooper. In court Thursday, Foster pleaded no contest to charges of giving false information to a law officer, injuring a police officer and attempting to prevent an arrest.
Foster’s attorney, Brian Marsicovetere, said Foster has been in and out of court several times in his life and has substance abuse problems. Suntag said Foster “is awfully young to have this kind of record.” He said he hoped the 24-year-old will get his life on the right track.
The judge asked Foster if he wanted to make a statement.
“I just want to move forward,” he said.