Second home invasion suspect arrested10/16/08

Oct. 16, 2008

On Oct. 9, Williston Police arrested a second suspect allegedly involved in a home invasion on Essex Road on Oct. 7.

After following up on several leads, Detective Mike Lavoie found a man fitting the description of the suspect at a South Burlington motel. The man was taken into custody, but gave a false name and was booked under the name John Doe, according to police.

After fingerprints were taken and examined by the FBI, the suspect was identified as Luis Rivera, 22, of New York City, according to police.

Police say a criminal history check revealed Rivera had two active warrants out of New York for attempted murder and felony robbery, and is on the Top 10 Most Wanted List for New York City. Rivera is known as a “very dangerous felon,” according to police.

The home invasion on Oct. 7 involved two suspects: Rivera, and Gerald Ryan, 21, of Burlington. Ryan was apprehended on North Williston Road minutes after the alleged crime, according to police reports. During the home invasion, the resident of the home was “repeatedly struck over the head with the butt of a hand gun,” according to police reports.

Ryan was charged with accessory aiding in the commission of a felony, the report notes. Police said Rivera is facing charges in Vermont of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, simple assault, possession of cocaine and being a fugitive from justice. Rivera was lodged at the Chittenden County Correctional Center for lack of $500,000, according to police.