UPDATE: Essex police have arrested stabbing suspect Jacob St. Amour in Williston.
Essex Police say a South Burlington man was stabbed to death at the Champlain Valley Fair late last night.
Police were actively searching for 20-year-old suspect Jacob St. Amour of Williston. The threat to the public was unknown, Essex Lt. Ken Beaulieu said.
Ryan Durkin, 22, was fatally wounded just after 11 p.m. on Sunday and was pronounced dead at the hospital, Beaulieu said.
The victim and suspect knew each other, police said, noting the stabbing was not a random act. The circumstances leading up to the fight are still under investigation. Vermont State Police and other local agencies are assisting Essex PD, a press release said.
Police have interviewed several witnesses about the confrontation. Beaulieu was not familiar with St. Amour’s past criminal record.
Sunday marked the final night of the 10-day fair. Essex officers are responsible for policing the event, though the department does hire part-time help from outside agencies, Beaulieu said.
“This is a major case,” Beaulieu said Monday morning. “The fact that it happened on the fairgrounds doesn’t add or detract from that.”
Police expect to release more information later this afternoon. Stay tuned for updates to our story.
Police ask anyone with information to call 878-8331.