Court Documents: Man Held Without Bail After Police Respond to Stabbing Incident on Church Street

Lucas pled not guilty to two felony counts of aggravated assault

BURLINGTON, Vt. - According to court documents obtained by Local 22 & Local 44 News, a 28 year-old transient man will face two felony counts of aggravated assault, after police responded to a stabbing on Church Street Tuesday night.

According to police, a fight between three men started in City Hall Park when Conner Lucas, 28, a Burlington transient, brought out a sharp weapon and cut the hand of a man that was trying to break up the fight.

Police say the fight then moved to the area of Church Street and Main Street were Lucas reportedly used the weapon to cut the throat of the victim and then took off on foot.

Police say the victim who was cut in the throat was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where he underwent surgery on a severed vein. Police say he was in stable condition at the time they issued a release.

Authorities say Lucas was arrested by police in Battery Park. He was held on $20,000 bail before being arraigned on Wednesday.

Police say Lucas has an extensive criminal history for a wide range of arrests including awaiting a sentencing on charges of domestic assault and violation of conditions of release.

Wednesday at City Hall Park, members of the media interviewing Chief Brandon del Pozo and Mayor Miro Weinberger were interrupted by members of the homeless community.

Rheda Chambers was one of them.

"Somebody could have gotten killed last night," said del Pozo.

"Yeah, but, no, but, yeah somebody coulda got killed, but it really shouldn't have even happened," said Chambers.

Chambers wants police to find a way to stop the violence on Queen City Streets.

The emotional plea comes the day after a stabbing on Church Street, involving members of the homeless community.

Daniel Keller says he was one of the men injured.

"He cut me, and I'm bleeding out of my hand, you can see the cut," said Keller.

Police say Lucas used a sharp object to cut Keller's hand; court paperwork points to it being a bottle or can.

Documents also show during a fight, Lucas assaulted another man, cutting him in the neck.

"He went up and like, clocked him one...and then he left... he ran away," said Keller.

Police later caught up to Lucas in Battery Park, and arrested him.

At his hearing Wednesday, Lucas pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of Aggravated Assault.

Local 22 & Local 44 News also found out Lucas has an extensive criminal history in the state of Vermont, including previous arrests for Aggravated Assault.

"If time and time and time again you get an ordinance violation and you don't change your behavior, uh, we need some sort of recourse and I think that's worth pursuing," said del Pozo.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says beyond the increased police presence, the city has limited tools to discourage disorderly conduct downtown.

"It's something that we are looking at and we're looking at whether there is any opportunity to revise ordinances or laws that would give the city greater opportunity to discourage this downtown disorderly conduct," said Weinberger.

Chief del Pozo adds fixing the problem doesn't stop at just police work.

"It's about substance abuse treatment, it's about finding folks shelter. We're gonna try to set standards and give people an incentive to people to not become intoxicated or rowdy, or uh, commit threatening behavior, but when it does happen, we're gonna police it," said del Pozo.

Local 22 & Local 44 News did reach out the attorney representing Lucas, but did not hear back at the time of Wednesday night's newscast.

Lucas is being held without bail at the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility. He has also been ordered not to have contact with the two men involved in Tuesday night's dispute.

Anyone who might have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Burlington Police at (802) 540-2283.

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