Suspect in Burlington transit center assault surrenders to police

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The man who police say was caught on surveillance video beating an acquaintance at Burlington’s Downtown Transit Center on Monday is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on assault charges.

Officers tracked down William Schenk, 25, late Tuesday and convinced him to surrender.

Courtesy: Burlington Police Department

The video released by police shows a man wearing red pants, believed to be Schenk, beating the man, with the brawl spilling out into the street just as a bus lumbers past.

Police say Schenk struck the man with what they believe was a small glass pipe, cutting his head, then fled the scene.

“Video of the incident shows this was a violent assault,” said Deputy Chief Jon Murad. “Taking the alleged suspect into custody was the result of tenacious work by dedicated officers, who tracked the suspect and then talked him into surrendering safely,” Murad said.

In 2016, Schenk was convicted of hate crime-enhanced disorderly conduct for leaving KKK fliers at the homes of two women of color. His conviction was overturned in 2018 by the Vermont Supreme Court, which said Schenk’s actions were protected speech.

Schenk’s bail is set at $500. 

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