St. Johnsbury Police say a man who acted disorderly Tuesday night was motivated by hate. Jordan Passut, 40, was arrested after police responded to the report of a disturbance about 10:05 p.m. A report from Officer Robert Gerrish notes that he and Sgt. Aaron Rivard responded but did not find a reason to arrest anyone based on the initial complaint. What they did find, was Passut in violation of a court-ordered 24-hour curfew and a no alcohol condition. The officer further stated that complaints were made that “Passut had conducted himself in a disorderly fashion while making statements motivated by the racial characteristics of members of the public who were present on scene.” Passut was taken into custody and lodged in jail on $100 bail. Charges against him are two counts of violating court orders and one count of disorderly conduct with an enhanced penalty provision for a hate crime.
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