Accused kidnapper and attempted murder suspect Mack Varnum has been released from jail. Someone posted $50,000 bail at the Caledonia County Courthouse, and Varnum is no longer listed as being in jail. Varnum, 45, of Peacham, and his co-defendant, Nichole Cloutier, 37, are accused of kidnapping Colleen Rodriguez, 33, in February. Police said in their report that Varnum told Rodriguez that he was going to pour gas on her and burn her on the side of the road. Varnum was charged with four felonies, including 1st-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, 1st-degree unlawful restraint and 1st-degree aggravated domestic assault. Cloutier was released from jail in March into the custody of a responsible adult in Bakersfield, Vt. but reportedly fled the home, and Cloutier was later apprehended at 35 Washington Avenue by St. Johnsbury Police Capt. Jason Gray. She is now serving time in pre-trial detention at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. Both Varnum and Cloutier face possible sentences of up to life in prison.
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