QUECHEE - Early Sunday morning police managed to capture the suspect who'd allegedly stolen a car following a domestic assault in Sharon late Saturday afternoon and fled back toward his residence in Quechee.
Although few details were immediately available, police announced that Matthew Nilsson, 25, was taken into custody around 3 a.m. after an extensive search of the Quechee area. Vermont State Police troopers used "Phoenix," one of their police K-9 dogs and were assisted by a contingent of Hartford Police officers and a number of tips phoned in by the public throughout the night.
Troopers were initially called to a residence on Route 14 in Sharon just before 6 p.m. on Saturday by an assault victim who requested medical assistance.
Nilsson was not at the residence when law enforcement arrived and so police began looking for the victim's car which Nilsson was reported to be driving without the owner's consent.
The car was spotted on Route 14 and again minutes later on Old River Road where it was eventually found abandoned near Interstate 89.
With the aid of the tracking dog, police began an extensive search of roads and wooded areas around Exit 1 and the Quechee Mobile gas station which continued on and off well into the evening.
Nilsson was transported to the Springfield jail where he was ordered held without bail. He is due in court in downtown White River Junction on Monday where he is expected to face charges of aggravated domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services, and car theft.