Statewide Manhunt for Montpelier Murder Suspect Underway

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Police believe Jayveon Caballero rode bus as far as New York City directly from White River Junction

UPDATE - On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit arrested Reginald Jones, 36, of Barre as an accessory-after-the-fact related to the homicide investigation in Montpelier, Vermont.  Vermont State Police said their investigation revealed that Jones brought Jayveon Caballero to the bus station in White River Junction in the morning hours of January 22nd, and purchased a bus ticket for Caballero enabling him to travel as far as New York City.

Reginald Jones, 36, of Barre is being charged for having allegedly driven suspect to bus station

MONTPELIER - A murder suspect is at large and police across the state and New England are turning to the public for help in locating him.

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A heavily armed team from the Vermont State Police Tactical Services Unit burst into an apartment on South Barre Road in the town of Barre before dawn on Monday morning, January 23rd, but did not find suspect Jayveon Caballero, 29, and detectives have since learned that Caballero may have fled the state on Sunday, Vermont State Police Criminal Division Commander Major Glenn Hall wrote in a press release Monday morning.

This mugshot of murder suspect Jayveon Caballero was taken two years ago.

    A nationwide arrest warrant charging Caballero with second degree murder and setting bail for him at $500,000 has now been issued.

    Montpelier Police began receiving reports at 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning that a shooting had just taken place in a parking lot outside an apartment building at 191 Barre Street.  They arrived to find the victim, who has been tentatively identified as Markus Austin, 33, a resident of that apartment building, had been shot at least once and killed by an assailant who'd driven away in a vehicle. 

    Major Hall said detectives later learned that Austin and Caballero had been involved in an altercation earlier in the morning outside Gustos bar, which is located on Prospect Street in Barre.  

    Witnesses interviewed by the police said that during the fight Austin had assaulted Caballero's girlfriend, Desiree Cary, 22, and that was what led Caballero to follow Austin back to his residence in Montpelier and shoot him, Major Hall explained.

Caballero's live-in girlfriend Desiree Cary is in custody and facing multiple drug dealing charges

    Last night, Cary was located during a traffic stop in the town of Barre and taken into custody because she was already the target of drug distribution investigation being carried out by the Vermont Drug Task Force, Hall noted.  Cary is being held for lack of $10,000 bail and is facing charges that include sale of crack cocaine and three counts of sale of heroin and she is due to be arraigned this afternoon in the criminal division of Washington County Superior Court.  

    "The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit is leading this investigation and is working closely with the Montpelier Police Department and Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office. Detectives with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Crime Scene Search Team have responded to investigate," Major Hall reported, adding " Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who witnessed this shooting or who may have information regarding people involved in this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-229-9191 or the Montpelier Police Department at 802-223-3445."

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