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Vermonter charged with attempted murder, hate crime enhancement after trying to run over Black man with truck

A Richford man is facing charges including attempted murder with a hate-crime enhancement following an incident that occurred Wednesday morning, May 5, outside a private residence.

The Vermont State Police received a call at 9:10 a.m. from the victim, 27-year-old Michael Wilson, who reported that a person he knew, Anthony Mason, also a 27-year-old Richford resident, had driven a truck through his lawn and at him while he and his dog were on the porch of his home on Troy Street. Wilson reported that Mason had crashed into the porch near where they were standing. Wilson also stated that Mason had driven over a dirt bike and caused considerable damage to the bike and the yard. 

Anthony Mason, 27, of Richford is seen in this mug shot taken Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Wilson, who is Black, stated that Mason was shouting racial epithets and threatening to kill him throughout the incident.

Mason was subsequently arrested without incident at his home on River Street in Richford.

Members of the Vermont State Police Field Force and Criminal divisions worked throughout the day to investigate the incident. Police also worked closely with the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Mason is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder, grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and unlawful mischief. He is also facing a hate-crime enhancement on those charges. In addition, the State Police has informed the Vermont Attorney General’s Office of the incident under the Bias Incident Reporting System.

Wednesday evening, the court ordered Mason jailed on the above charges for lack of $10,000 bail at the Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans Town. Mason was then arraigned at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans.

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