Two Burlington men beat a man unconscious in Battery Park on Tuesday, were arrested, cited and released — only to return to the park a few hours later, police said, to slash a witness with a knife.
Tyrone Bryant, 41, and Cory Lott, 40, are being held without bail pending arraignment on felony assault and other charges. Police said both men have been involved in “dozens” of police incidents, including assault, theft, public intoxication and causing a disturbance.
Officers were first called to Battery Park just before 5 pm Tuesday. They found a partially dressed man unconscious and surrounded by blood. A witness identified Bryant as the alleged assailant.
As officers were taking Bryant into custody, police say, Lott attempted to intervene. He ignored officers’ orders and was arrested. Lott was cited for hindering arrest and disorderly conduct and released just before 7:30 pm.
Bryant was released a little more than an hour later after being cited for assault.
By 11:30 pm, police had returned to Battery Park to find a witness to the earlier assault with multiple deep lacerations of the hands and face. He initially refused to cooperate with police and was transported to UVM Medical Center for treatment.
On Wednesday morning, the victim told officers that Lott had slashed him with a knife while Bryant kicked and punched him. He also described how Lott and Bryant had beaten the first victim unconscious, threw his shoes away and attempted to remove his pants.
At 10:30 pm Wednesday, police responded to reports that a man was drinking and harassing people in Battery Park. Lott was identified and arrested at the scene. Bryant was also taken into custody nearby.
Anyone with more information on the assaults should contact the Burlington Police Department at 658-2271.