Police: Mugging was drug related
By Brent Curtis
staff writer | August 28,2014
A reported mugging in Rutland early Monday morning that victims told police involved five assailants appears to have been drug related, city police said.
Two of the alleged attackers, Rutland men Jeffrey S. Bussino, 24, and Jack P. Reed, 44, remained behind bars Wednesday afternoon for lack of $20,000 bail each.
Both men pleaded innocent Tuesday in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge each of assault and robbery and attempted assault and robbery.
The status of the investigation into the other three reported assailants is unclear. The Rutland officer investigating the incident wasn’t on duty Wednesday and no further information on the case was available.
Joseph Duprey, 46, and Carlene McLellan, 56, told police they were walking on East Street near the former Dana School in the city’s northeast neighborhood about 10:45 p.m. Monday when they were met by Reed, who is Duprey’s cousin, according to court records.
Duprey told police he began walking over to talk to Reed, who was with a group of people next to the Dana School, when someone shouted “They got money, get them.”
Duprey told police he and McLellan were attacked by five people — a man and a woman who robbed his girlfriend and three other men who he said emerged from a parked car to keep him from reaching McLellan.
During the incident, Duprey said he was kicked and punched in the face. He and McLellan were later taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The attackers didn’t steal anything from Duprey, but McLellan said $67 was taken from her pocket after she was thrown to the ground by a man.
McLellan later identified Bussino as one of her attackers after police found a wallet with his photo ID in the road where the assault allegedly took place. Police say they found a shoe at the scene that matched one later found in Bussino’s apartment that appeared to have blood on it, according to court records.
Asked about the incident, Bussino made no mention of Duprey or McLellan.
He told police he recently relapsed after two or three days without methadone doses for an addiction to opiate drugs such as heroin. He said Reed invited him to get high and the two men drove to the Dana School to get crack cocaine.
At the school, Bussino told police, he and Reed were attacked by two “crack heads” who tried to rob him.
Bussino refused to identify any of the other individuals at the scene.
Reed refused to speak to police.