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Knifepoint mugging in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A knifepoint mugging in Burlington early Friday morning, just a couple blocks from the Church Street Marketplace.

Police say the 21-year-old victim was walking on North Union Street around 2 a.m., when a man approached him, flashed a knife, and demanded his money and other items. The robber took off down Grant Street. The victim was not injured.

Police say this is the 30th assault and robbery in Burlington this year. That's more than twice as many as all of last year.

"It's a striking number. It's a concern; it should be of concern to the community. That's why we encourage people who have information to come forward with that information. In this case, as we are in any other unsolved case similar to this, we're offering a substantial reward for the arrest or information that would lead to an arrest," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Andi Higbee said.

Higbee says it's also vital for crime victims to report to police as quickly as possible to ensure the best response.

The suspect in this robbery is described as a black man in his mid-20s, 6'1" with a muscular build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and a black beanie hat. Anyone with information is asked to call Burlington police at 802-658-2700.

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