Burlington police express frustration after “recidivist” assaults 3 people in 3 days

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Justin Reynolds was arrested twice this week for assaults on three people. He’s had dozens of encounters with Burlington police over the last 2 years.

A chronic offender who assaulted a City Market worker and a police officer on Monday was arrested again Wednesday, this time for kicking an employee of Outdoor Gear Exchange during a shoplifting attempt.

Burlington Police said Justin Reynolds, 32, was trying to steal several items from OGE when employees confronted him. Reynolds allegedly kicked one repeatedly before fleeing without any stolen merchandise. He was arrested shortly after.

One day earlier, Reynolds was released from jail on conditions following his arrest Monday. He is charged with assaulting an employee of City Market and kicking and spitting at a police officer.

Reynolds has had “dozens” of encounters with Burlington police over the last few years, according to Deputy Chief Jon Murad, and has five open cases, from petit larceny to assault on an officer. In October, Reynolds was arrested for allegedly smashing car windshields and biting an officer on the leg, breaking the skin

On Wednesday, Murad said the police are doing their part by repeatedly arresting Reynolds, who he described as a “recidivist” who is putting the community, police officers and himself at risk.

“We’ve apprehended Mr. Reynolds and prevented him—for the moment, at least—from further harming members of the public,” Murad said.

“For our neighbors’ sake, I’m hopeful that we and our partners in the criminal justice system can now find fair, just ways to address this recurring behavior.”

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