Police officer linked to domestic dispute in Hinesburg

HINESBURG - On Jan. 10 at approximately 11:48 p.m., the Vermont State Police were contacted by the Hinesburg Chief of Police Fred Silber to assist in a domestic dispute that involved a fellow Hinesburg law enforcement officer.

Upon arrival at the Hinesburg Police Department located on Route 116 at 1:21 a.m., Senior VSP Trooper William Warner was advised that Robert E. Barrows III, 34, of Hinesburg and an off-duty Hinesburg police officer, was involved in a domestic dispute with Mellissa Benjamin, 30, earlier in the evening.

This dispute occurred at their 641 Richmond Road residence in the town of Hinesburg at approximately 8:45 p.m.

During the investigation, police determined that Barrows allegedly caused bodily injury to Benjamin; he was arrested for Domestic Assault, a violation of Title 13, Vermont Statutes Annotated Section 1042; and processed at the Williston Barracks. He was lodged at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility with a $750 bail.

Barrows was cited to appear in Chittenden Superior Court on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m.

"The Vermont State Police take all investigations into domestic violence seriously," said Col. Thomas L'Esperance, Director of the Vermont State Police. "Our first priority, as a law enforcement agency, is to protect the victims of crime."

No other information is available regarding the case; it is now part of Chittenden County judicial proceedings.

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