Burlington Police Officer Cut With Knife During Arrest of Homeless Man

Burlington, Vt. - According to Burlington Police, an officer was cut with a knife while making an arrest downtown early Saturday morning.

Police said around 4:40 a.m. officers responded to the area of Church and Main Streets after receiving word of a man armed with a knife acting out.

Officers recognized and identified the man as 41-year-old Jason Breault. Breault is a transient with an extensive record. Police say he has been charged with 29 crimes since December of 2016.

When police arrived Breault was yelling and waving the knife in the air. Officers were able to convince Breault to drop the knife. From there, a press release indicates, “Breault attempted to flee the scene into City Hall Park where he was subdued and a struggle took place.”

The release states Breault drew a second knife during the struggle. The arresting officer’s hand was cut. According to Deputy Chief Shawn Burke, it was a minor cut and the officer is doing fine.

Breault was arrested and transported to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility for lack of $750. He will be arraigned Monday.


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