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October 27, 2012

Danville man arrested for assault after long standoff


The three had partied and used drugs at the motel the night before, according to evidence presented in court.

Yesterday, an alert was issued for LaBarge after the assault on I-93. Police arrived at the mobile home park about noon.

LaBarge lives at 19 Wesley St. in the same park. Neighbors said he came to the door of 13 Christian St., a mobile home owned by Frank Saviano, at about 9:30 yesterday morning.

He carried a basket of laundry and asked if he could could take a nap, neighbors said. He told them he had been involved in an altercation with “Kate” and he was done with her.

Police tried to communicate with LaBarge by telephone throughout the afternoon and starting using a bullhorn in the evening. He finally responded and surrendered peacefully. He was taken to the Danville police station for processing.

Neighbors stood around for hours, some waiting to return to their homes, others simply curious.

Diane Gauthier, 63, who lives at 16 Wesley St., had been separated from her 80-year-old husband Roland for about seven hours. A trooper stayed with the elderly man at the couple’s home throughout the standoff.

“It’s good to go home to see him,” she said. “He was nervous. He was really worked up about it.”

She said LaBarge, who had lived at in the mobile home park with his girlfriend for about a year, was a good neighbor. But Gauthier said he sometimes lost his temper and did things he would later regret.

“He’ll do anything for you,” she said. “He will do projects for you, he’ll fix things for you. He just has an anger problem.”

AuCoin, state police Lt. Kevin Duffy and Danville police Chief Wade Parsons praised the officers for their work and the neighbors for their patience during the standoff.

“It’s been a long day for them and a long night,” AuCoin said.

In the Salisbury case, LaBarge was held without bail on the stabbing charges. Last year, after the charges were dropped, he remained in jail because he was a fugitive from justice from New Hampshire for violating parole convictions from a previous conviction.

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