Burlington Man Accused of Assault and Robbery in Downtown Chase

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A wanted man is accused of assault and robbery and attempting to hit a police officer with his car, according to Burlington police.

Police say a male reported being physically assaulted and robbed at the corner of Pine and Bank Streets in Burlington Saturday afternoon. The alleged victim said the robber fled in a small silver vehicle.

When officers found a car that matched that description and attempted a motor vehicle stop, the driver fled on foot.

“A short foot pursuit occurred, where the suspect was able to return to his vehicle and began to flee the area. In the process of fleeing, the suspect intentionally put the vehicle in reverse and attempted to strike the officer in the roadway,” said Lt. Bradley Trombley, of the Burlington Police Department, in a press release.

Police found the driver and his female passenger in the area of the Main Street parking garage attempting to get a cab.

Police have identified the male as Andrew Lavallee, 31, of Burlington.

Police say he’s wanted by the Burlington Police Department on several charges, including Possession of Stolen Property, Counts of Forgery and Possession of Heroin.

The victim of the alleged assault sustained minor injuries but refused medical assistance, police say.

No officers were injured.

Lavallee is being held without bail on outstanding warrants.

He’s facing charges of Assault and Robbery, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Gross Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Eluding.

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