Vermont police officers hunt ‘violent’ serial offender armed with a knife that officers were too afraid to chase when he drove away while trying to arrest him
- Matthew Kaigle, 33, Wanted by Police in Burlington, Vermont
- On Friday, he hit a traffic flag and threatened to stab him
- The worker said he brandished a hunting knife and also threatened one of his colleagues
- Burlington Police officers caught up with him to arrest him, but he refused to get out of his car
- He then drove away and the police were too scared to chase him
- Now the police are asking the public not to approach Kaigle if they see him, but to call 802-658-2704.
Matthew Kaigle, 33, was wanted by Burlington Police for punching and threatening to stab a construction worker
The Vermont Police Department is looking for a “violent” serial offender who was able to run away from the police after being arrested for assault because the two officers who arrested him were too afraid to pursue him.
Matthew Kaigle, 33, was wanted by Burlington Police for punching a construction worker and threatening to stab him.
The worker was a flagger who had attempted to direct Kaigle’s car along with other traffic.
He drove to a grocery store and turned back, hitting the flagger and threatening to punch another construction worker.
Police say he wielded a hunting knife and threatened to stab both workers.
Kaigle – who has a long criminal record – then drove off, but the police picked him up and pulled him aside.
He refused to get out of the car and then drove away. The two officers were too scared to chase him, so they let him drive away.
- Violating court orders
- Hate crime assault for punching and kicking a man in a park in August (he went to jail but got a $2,500 bail)
- Threaten to attack someone with a sledgehammer in July
In a press release, Burlington Police said: “Kaigle refused to leave his vehicle after being told several times that he had been arrested.
“Officers have not pursued Kaigle because of his unpredictable and violent past.”
Now the police are on the hunt for him.
Kaigle’s rap sheet includes arrests and convictions for violating court orders.
In July, he threatened someone with a sledgehammer and later that month kicked and knocked a man unconscious in a park in what police said was a hate crime.
He was arrested on August 1 for that crime, but his bail was set at $2,500.
It’s unclear whether he had to pay the entire bond or just ten percent to get out.
Police said he had displayed “many violent tendencies” towards other members of the public.
Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him and to call 802-658-2704 instead.
It was on this road that Kaigle attacked a flagger who had guided his vehicle along with other traffic