Vermont is among the states of the United States including lowest rate of gun violence, but this may be the only state where police are currently investigating a snowshoe attack.
A woman was bashed in the face by a cleated aluminum snowshoe after she refused to give a cigarette to the attacker in Burlington Wednesday, according to NECN.
Stacy Scribner was sitting on Cherry Street when the suspect hit her twice in the face with winter footwear, shown in surveillance footage, according to the station.
“I want him behind bars,” Scribner said. “He broke my nose!”
The attack was random, police said at the outlet.
“We have no idea who this individual is,” Deputy Chief Matt Sullivan said. “We need the public’s help in recognizing him to hold him accountable for this horrific and senseless act of violence.”
Scribner needed stitches and was undergoing treatment for a broken nose, the report said.
“Across a smelly cigarette – and I fell,” he told the station.
The suspect was 25 – 35 years old, about 5’10 “, of moderate build and a large” careful “beard, police said in a press release.
The temperature in the New England ski town is no lower than 45 this month, according to the National Weather Service.