Man in critical condition after assault in downtown Burlington

Oct 30 2022, 12:11 PM

Burlington Police arrested two men after residents restrained them from “stomping on the victim’s head” after a fight downtown early Sunday, according to a police press release.

Gordon Horner, 21, of Johnson, and Dominic Lewis, 21, of Winooski, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault with serious injury and simple assault, police reported.

At about 2 a.m., police received several calls about a fight near City Hall on Church Street. Dispatch reported the victim was unconscious and that the two suspects were being held down by residents.

Preliminary investigation revealed there was a fight among three people. Two of them reportedly assaulted a third by kicking him “in the head multiple times causing serious bodily injury,” causing the victim to become unconscious. When the suspects tried to stomp on the victim’s head, residents tackled and held them down, police said in the release.

The victim was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center’s emergency department with serious head trauma and was reported to be in critical condition Sunday morning. Horner also bit the arm of the person restraining him which required medical treatment, police said.

Each suspect was arrested and held at Northwest Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail, according to the release.

– Auditi Guha