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Suspect in random attack on elderly man in Burlington released

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A random attack in Burlington that left an elderly man knocked unconscious is renewing safety concerns downtown, and calls for another look at the law on holding those accused of violent crimes behind bars.

The attack happened Saturday afternoon near the Roxy Cinema. And police say it’s not the first time the man accused is in trouble for a random attack.

Shawn McConnell, 41, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge on Monday after police say he punched an 82-year-old man in a seemingly random attack.

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