Micael Bizuneh went on an alleged rampage in the state capitol

Roughly 24 hours after he was released on bail from Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, Micael Bizuneh went on an alleged rampage in the state capitol that included breaking windshield-wipers on parked cars, throwing rocks at pedestrians, tossing chunks of snow and ice at moving motor vehicles, kicking and banging on doors, yelling and screaming profanities, terrorizing a wheelchair-bound senior citizen and a pregnant woman and punching a police officer in the face. But Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault says Bizuneh’s alleged bad behavior is only part of the problem. “This is a complete systems failure on the part of Vermont’s mental health system,” said Thibault at Bizuneh’s arraignment in Washington Superior Court on Monday. “We’re stuck with a limited set of options here. But what cannot be tolerated is the continued wanton destruction of property, or even worse, the threat to public safety presented by his assaultive behavior.”  He  told police that the FBI made him do it. “The FBI is torturing me, and it is involuntary,” said Bizuneh. St. Johnsbury Police Ofc. Gerald Schartner also noted another eerie comment from Bizuneh.  Bizuneh made comments of how he cannot control it and that if he was released, he would continue to damage property.”  Bizuneh has amassed ten open criminal dockets in six different counties since he arrived in Vermont two years ago. He pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of disorderly conduct, aggravated disorderly conduct, unlawful mischief and felony aggravated assault on a police officer. Judge Kevin Griffin set bail at $10,000 but even the judge noted his frustrations with the state’s mental health system’s handling of Bizuneh despite two medical opinions that he is incompetent to stand trial. State’s Attorney Thibault told the court that Bizuneh is from the state of Connecticut but came to Vermont two years ago after somebody put him on a bus in the state of Maine where he faced similar charges of desecration of property.

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