Large Police Response After Second Reported Possible Stabbing in Downtown Burlington in 24 Hours

Police say man's injuries appear accidental due to "scuffle"

BURLINGTON, Vt. - It was a busy 24 hours for Burlington Police Wednesday, as reports of a second alleged stabbing came in, steps away from where another stabbing happened the night before.

Officers responded to a domestic call on 184 Church Street just after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Due to a shift change, and the nature of the call, a heavy police response could be seen.

Police say the call was unrelated to a stabbing incident on Tuesday night.

According to a release, Daniel Leary, 29, was taken into police custody for assaulting another man.

Officers say they discovered another man inside with bleeding from his hand, but later verified with media the injury appeared to be accidental.

In a tweet, Chief Brandon del Pozo says the wound was most likely from a "nail in the floor during scuffle," but the investigation continues.

Local 22 & Local 44 News spoke with William Robertson, who lives at a home on 187 Church Street, across from the residence in question. He says 184 Church Street is a problem for police.

"This needs to be policed at least three or four times a week. Sometimes it's violence, sometimes it's drugs, it just varies," said Robertson.

Police say Leary has a criminal history including arrests for Violation of Conditions of Release, Simple Assault on a Police Officer and has failed to appear in court numerous times.

Leary will face charges for First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Unlawful Mischief for damaging a police cruiser and Disorderly Conduct for spitting at members of the media who were on scene.

Leary is being held on $5,000 bail and will be arraigned in Chittenden Superior Court on Thursday.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or can provide additional information is being asked to contact Officer Moyer at (802) 540-2326.

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