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Decker Towers resident pepper sprays transients and cleaning staff

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The ongoing struggle to keep unwanted transients out of Burlington’s Decker Towers public housing project took an unexpected turn when a resident was arrested for a pepper spray incident.

Shortly after noon on Wednesday, February 28, officers with the Burlington Police Department were dispatched to Decker Towers, 230 Saint Paul Street.

Police say a resident of 230 Saint Paul Street, Brandon Luther, 32, was attempting to clear transients out of the stairwell at Decker Towers. When some individuals refused to leave he sprayed pepper spray into the area. 

In doing so he sprayed an individual who was, in fact, a paid cleaner employed by the Burlington Housing Authority who was cleaning the stairwell. BHA staff identified Luther. When officers went to his residence, he surrendered and confessed to his actions. He was arrested for simple assault and flash cited into court. He was arraigned and released.

Luther has 77 police engagements since 2013, including arrests for trespass, larceny, and retail theft.

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