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Knife Assault on Burlington Bike Path

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 by 10 comments

“On April 27, my 13-year-old was attacked just before 6 p.m. by a man with a folding pocketknife on the bike path near the train trestle between North Beach and Leddy Park. The man demanded my son hand over his bike and his wallet. Although my son was fortunate enough to get away with both his bike and his wallet, the man slashed him with the knife on his face and his shoulder. The cuts were superficial, but the whole event was incredibly frightening. Please take care on the bike path!”
• Lori, a Burlington South End neighborhood Front Porch Forum

UPDATE:  “I’ve received several requests for a description of the man who assaulted my son on the bike path on Thursday, April 27. My son is still in shock and cannot recall all that happened, but here are the details he remembers about the man:  White male, mid- to late twenties, approximately 5′ 7″ tall, average build, was wearing a very nice Nike zip-front black hoodie with the hood up and navy workout pants, and had two rings on his right hand—one on the pointer finger and one on his middle finger. The man first slashed my son while the knife was in his right hand, but then transferred the knife to his left hand before slashing my son the second time.”

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  1. Jill says:

    Thank you for sharing this!!!
    That area is a little frightening…it is on my commute to/from work at EMS Middle School.
    I hope your son is ok. So glad he was able to get away! I’m assuming you contacted the police!?
    Hope he heals well.’
    Thank you again,
    Neighbor in New North End

  2. Sue says:

    Its so sad my hubby was attack down town and No one cares the city does nothing the cops hands are tied ,

  3. Adrian says:

    People know a days are messed up

  4. Nancy Viens says:

    Very sad to see this happening in one of my home towns!

  5. Dustin says:

    There are a group of self claimed white supremacists causing problems down there, a friend of mine was also jumped by 8 of them just cause he is a black man, this is just disgusting

  6. Peg Tassey says:

    I’m so sad and sorry this happened to your son! Take care and thank you for sharing.

  7. Michele Amsden says:

    This is so terrible god bless your family

  8. David says:

    Time to stock up on the pepper spray? Or at least carry an aerosol bug spray to deter any nefarious character.

  9. Marsha says:

    Sorry to hear about this terrifying incident. You just can’t be too careful, even in Burlington. Best wishes for your son for a full recovery.

  10. Rich Kelly says:

    This area has long been a hang out for vagrants, bums, and trash. The police are well aware of the fact, and need to clean it up now. One commentator states that ” their hands are tied. ” Can’t imagine why and by whom, unless the mayor or police chief have a ” hands off ” policy.

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