Repeat offender caught, set to be arraigned Monday after Battery Park assault

Aug 1 2021, 5:21 PM
Matthew Kaigle, 33

A Burlington man, a known repeat offender, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly punched and kicked a man several times and left him apparently unconscious in Battery Park on Saturday.

Matthew Kaigle, 33, was taken into custody a day later in the parking lot of the Burlington Police Department, and held at the Northwest Correctional Facility for lack of $2,500 bail. He will be arraigned Monday at 10:30 a.m., police said in a press release. 

Kaigle has had 26 encounters with police this year and is well known to officers.

At about 9:44 a.m. on Saturday, police received a call about an assault at Battery Park, and a man lying unconscious there. 

Police responded and learned that the victim was sitting on a bench when the suspect walked up and punched him multiple times until the victim fell down. The suspect then kicked the victim in the head several times and fled in a white Chevy pickup truck. 

The victim gave a statement to the police. He said the suspect “made malicious motivated statements of the victim’s perceived race/color.”  The victim declined medical treatment.

After interviewing witnesses and watching surveillance videos, police identified the suspect as Kaigle and put out a press release Saturday seeking the public’s help to find him. It said people should not approach Kaigle “due to his erratic violent behavior.”

Kaigle’s criminal history includes a long list of convictions including felony charges, misdemeanor charges, a dangerous weapon charge, as well as multiple offenses such as assaulting a police officer, violating a court order, and violating probation or parole. 

In May, Kaigle was charged with aggravated assault after using his vehicle to move another vehicle out of the way in a parking lot. In July, he was a person of interest in a fight after allegedly threatening a man with a sledgehammer, the release stated. 

Police said “Kaigle has displayed many violent tendency (sic) towards the public in recent months” and that  victims did not want to cooperate with police “due to fear of retaliation.”

— Auditi Guha