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Slate Ridge owner Daniel Banyai arrested in Pawlet

A man in a hat talks with his hands, surrounded by others.
Wilson Ring
Associated Press
Daniel Banyai, the owner of Slate Ridge, speaks to supporters, April 17, 2021, in West Pawlet during a Second Amendment Day Picnic at the unpermitted gun range and firearms training center. Banyai's property has been the subject of ongoing legal battles. On Dec. 4, 2023, A judge issued an arrest warrant that ordered Banyai to turn himself in by Dec. 22.

Vermont State Police say the owner of Slate Ridge, a controversial military-style training facility in West Pawlet, has been arrested.

Daniel Banyai was arrested after a physical struggle with a constable in Pawlet Wednesday afternoon, state police said.

The Pawlet town constable encountered Banyai near the intersection of state Routes 30 and 133, state police said.

Banyai had been subject of an arrest warrant for several months after ignoring an order to remove several unpermitted structures from his property.

Neighbors who complained about Slate Ridge say Banyai and his accomplices terrorized them. Banyai has said he wasn't operating a paramilitary training facility and that the property is primarily a farm.

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He reportedly had left Vermont at one point.

Banyai's attorney, Robert Kaplan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The Town is working on the next steps, but has no comment at this time regarding the specifics," said Merrill Bent, Pawlet's attorney in an email Wednesday afternoon.

This story will be updated.

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Mark Davis has spent more than a decade working as a reporter in Vermont, focusing on both daily and long-form stories. Prior joining Vermont Public as assistant news director, he worked for five years at Seven Days, the alt-weekly in Burlington, where he won national awards for his criminal justice reporting. Before that, he spent nine years at the Valley News, where won state and national awards for his coverage of the criminal justice system, Topical Storm Irene, and other topics. He has also served as a producer and editor for the Rumblestrip podcast. He graduated from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Liam is Vermont Public’s public safety reporter, focusing on law enforcement, courts and the prison system.
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