UVM student assaulted, held at gunpoint

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 10:42 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington Police are investigating an assault involving a college-aged male this past weekend.

According to UVM Police, the incident happened around midnight Saturday near St. Paul and Maple streets. Channel 3 News has learned that the victim is a member of the UVM men’s lacrosse team.

Burlington Police say the victim was assaulted by three men and that they forced him to take off his clothes and then took his phone.

Police say the student was not injured and they are calling the incident a felony aggravated assault with a firearm.

Acting Burlington Police Chief John Murad says they have not identified the suspects and he stresses that the incident was not the victim’s fault.

“The people who are at fault for this are the criminals who did it. This does not appear to have anything to do with the victim’s behavior or his conduct before it. This does appear to be a random act of people who saw somebody and chose that person as a victim,” he said.

Murad says officers have talked extensively with the victim and his family.

UVM Police are urging students to be vigilant, walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas.

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