Property Damage

Brody R. Burke Jr., 21, was being driven to his employer’s home by his girlfriend when an argument developed. Allegedly Burke began kicking in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

The girlfriend stopped the car and told him to get out. He then began calling her cell phone and left threatening messages. She drove off and stopped at a gas station and Burke drove up in a company vehicle.

Reportedly he got out with a running chainsaw and began to attack her vehicle as she was attempting to drive away. He reportedly cut into the passenger door.

A bystander yelled at Burke, who then punched the bystander. Burke then fled before police arrived.

Police were then called to another business address, where they found Burke being held on the ground by a group of people.

When police tried to take Burke into custody, he tried to fight with them, kicking and head butting. After getting him into custody, police took him to the hospital for cuts on his hand. They believe the cuts may have been incurred by punching glass.  Officers report that Burke continued to be unruly at the hospital, trying to blow mucous on an officer.

Burke was on probation already. He had been arrested in July for smashing his girlfriend’s windshield. Reportedly the girlfriend spoke with police and told them that Burke “is an alcoholic and smashes stuff in the house all the time.”

Burke has been charged with a number of violations including aggravated domestic assault (for the girlfriend), assault on police officers, simple assault (for hitting the bystander), resisting arrest, disorderly conduct (for actions at the hospital), unlawful mischief (for damage to the vehicle), and operating a motor vehicle with a criminally suspended license.                


When it is done to cause fear and intimidation, or results in fear and intimidation, attacks on property can be a form of domestic violence.



  1. Christina said,

    October 24, 2006 at 1:42 am

    I knew this kid in middle school and this episode does not surprise me in the least. He had anger management issues then and this sounds exactly like he used to act just more severe. He was always kicking and punching and yelling if things did not go his way. He took anger management classes, but those apparently did not work, unfortunately.

  2. Bug said,

    March 21, 2008 at 1:50 am

    I guess if his stupid girlfriend wasnt cheating on him this would have never happened….. Brody is a good person who didnt deserve to be treated the way she was treating him…. I am more sicked by the way people always blame the man when they are only reacting to something done to them in the first place…. my answer to it is keep your legs closed Ash.!!!

  3. March 21, 2008 at 2:38 am

    I don’t know if the info you have given is true or not. But even if it is, I don’t suppose that talking to her about it crossed his mind? How about breaking it off with her? If he had gone either way he would have been better off. She would have better off, the bystanders would have been better off and so would the property owners and insurance companies.

  4. Bug said,

    March 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Well my info is true so it also wasnt the first time second or even third hell shes more open then a seven eleven! Then and still! I do agree he took the wrong approach but people are always running their mouths and blaming him when they dont know the whole story just “her side”. They also don’t know what he has been through to began with. And as for the property he went and bought her a new car and not even month later she smashed it.

  5. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    March 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    A chain saw works by lifting a chip from the bottom of the kerf then slicing it free from the side of the kerf then by lifting another chip from the bottom of the kerf and slicing it free from the other side. As a result, the kerf is 1/8 to 1/4 inch (3 to 6 mm) wide. The chain also has oil pumped into it to keep it running freely in this high-stress environment.

    I am always cautious when I use my chain saw. I know that if I get careless I will remove vast amounts of flesh and cause massive contamination, creating hideous scars to go along with the other scars I have. If I am lucky. If I am not then my family will be holding a closed-casket funeral.

    I have no sympathy for your boy Brody.


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  6. March 22, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    So Bug you don’t seem to think a person should cheat. And like I said, I don’t know that she did cheat or if it was just that Brody thought she cheated. But let’s say she did. So are you saying that if your mother, your sister, your daughter or a close female friend should ever cheat (and you would be suprised at who has or does cheat) that their husbands/boyfriends can count on you to be supportive or help them exact a revenge with physical violence? Just imagine having a little girl who grows up and has a boyfriend. Then you find out she cheated on him. Would you be so supportive of her boyfriend? Or does that only apply to “your” friends?

    I believe that cheating is wrong. But after all, they weren’t married. Perhaps she did not feel the same attachment he did. Since they were not formally attached, you can’t really blame her for looking around…however she chose to do that. And when he found out, he had many choices for how to handle that. But he chose violence. That is where the problem is. He chose violence against someone he supposedly cared for.

  7. Bug said,

    March 23, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Again I wasnt saying he was right in the actions he took using the chainsaw or any weapon for that matter but everyone is saying “poor her” but she isnt a angel herself just like you have in the article “is an alcoholic and smashes stuff in the house all the time.” she was the one throwing “stuff” at him and smashing “stuff”. And she felt attachment enough to be living with him. Cheating isnt ok when you are in any kind of relationship and if she really didnt want to be with him she should of said so again he wouldnt have taking those actions if she hadnt be sleeping with ever guy that walked by her. Oh and hes not “my boy” but he is a good friend whos life had been hard enough as it was but no one seems to care. He is a person too.

  8. Bug said,

    March 23, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Also I am going to raise my daughter and son to know that cheating in a whole is wrong. because it is very wrong and it should never be “ok”.

  9. Bug said,

    March 23, 2008 at 2:32 am

    and just so everyone is clear i DO NOT support physical violence or any for that matter i have said from the beganing that he shouldnt have used any sort of violence my problem is with the people like christina that put the blame on one person. yes he was wrong in the way he handled himself but she played a part in it too. It was just the part that got the swept under the rug.

  10. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    March 23, 2008 at 3:36 am

    If her alleged cheating bothered him so much then he should have got up and walked away. Instead, he is headed to prison and she is headed for therapy. And it’ll be an even money bet which ends first.

    He had one of four goals when he damaged her vehicle with that chain saw: Terrify her with the threat represented by the whirling chain, maim her so badly that no other man would take her to bed, cripple her, or kill her. And for what — wounded pride?


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  11. March 23, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Bug, I hope your kids listen. I really do. I there are times that I wish I had listened to my parents even though cheating was not one of my vices. Do you always listen to your parents?

    While you are teaching your kids, I hope you will also teach them to demand respect from their spouses/relationships. And that if they get cheated on or do not get respect they should get up and walk out. That violence is not the answer (neither giving it nor accepting it), and that violence won’t bring them any respect. But they do have other choices than violence and that other choices will bring them more satisfaction in the long run. And will bring them less trouble also.

  12. Bug said,

    March 23, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I dont beleive violence is the answer. i also hope my kids listen cause i never want them in this kind of situation. and for the last time its not alleged cheating she was cheating on him and still cheated on the guy after him so i even if it did scare her it didnt work and she sure as hell isnt in therapy unless spreading your legs even more is.

  13. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    March 23, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Classic escapist behavior, Bug. And that’s your boy Brody’s doing. He inflicted a psychological injury upon her that will take medical care and psychological therapy to cure. Until she gets that help, she will continue on with this self-destructive behavior.

    Google “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” and get educated.


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  14. Bug said,

    March 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    she was doing this before it even happened

  15. One Time Deal said,

    March 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    I might be an asshole for this opinion but here goes. I happen to know Ashley very well and Brody also. I would say at a few times in my life, Ashley and I were good friends, talking often and going out together, etc. I have witnessed arguments between them both and can say without doubt that Ashley is the female Brody. It is very interesting that she has acted so terrified of him and other boyfreinds when she also has kicked,punched, thrown, and broken all kinds of household items in the midst of “battle.” As much of an asshole as he was to her, she was and still is the very same asshole he was dating. Brody is no doubt a crazy asshole, (lol), But Ashley’s sitting right next to him, the right hand [wo]man. Though I do not condone any of hisbehavior, I surely do disagree with the “poor girl” spin so many have put on this story. Who is there to tell her that her actions and mentle/physicle abuse is not okay. Just because a man has too much pride to make a report of abuse, should she be allowed to walk freely without guilt or punishment? And Perhaps Brody had no intesions on hurting her at all, maybe he just wanted to destroy the vahicle around her that he gave her so that she was left sitting in the seat, on the ground, holding a steering wheel that would take her nowhere but where she started before him. Finally, married or not, do we teachour children that as long as there is no ring on your finger you should feel no comittment to the person you have chosen to spend your time getting to know? Do we show them that our body is made to give away randomly or to those whom we cherish and love? In the end both Brody and Ashley share abusive tendencies, violent rage, and a lack of committment to their significant other (of the moment).

  16. Trey said,

    March 31, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Professionals that do a lot of work in domestic violence (I am not one of them, I work primarily with sexual abuse survivors) no longer consider people either victims or perpetrators. They instead work on figuring out how much time each person spends perpetrating vs. being victimized and present it in a ratio. So a 50/50 person hits as much as they are hit, an 80/20 person acts out more than they are acted on.

    While this is a more accurate picture of the relationship, it does not excuse assault or murder. Either of those are crimes and must be treated as such. It is frankly immaterial how much time someone spent in the role of victim or perpetrator, what is material are the facts of the assault. There may be several assaults to ajudicate, but each stands as its own event. And no past perpetration can excuse abuse.

    Self defense is another situation all together. Someone has the right to protect themself from an imminent or occuring assault. This cannot occur when the “assaulter” is asleep though!


  17. Bug said,

    March 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    There was no abuse to her he chose to hurt the car instead of her. if he really wanted to hurt her he would of but he didnt he took it out on the car he paid for so really in the end he screwed himself even more.point again being not all the blame should be on him.

  18. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    March 31, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t buy it, OTD. Too much pride to report abuse? Okay. Too much to walk out the door and keep going? No way.

    And I have to say that if I see somebody approaching my vehicle with a running chain saw I am not going to assume they just want to mess up my vehicle any more than I would assume that somebody burgling my house while I am here merely wants the stainless flatware from the kitchen; I am going to assume that that individual intends me serious, perhaps deadly, injury and I will respond accordingly.


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  19. April 1, 2008 at 3:54 am

    One Time Deal, if she was abusive (and I am not saying she was) then yes she would have been in the wrong, he should have made a report and she should have been arrested. And he should have left. But even if she had been abusive also, that does not make it right to go after someone with a chainsaw or to hit a bystander. But by not making reports, then by setting out to harm her and a bystander it really makes it difficult for me to understand that all the alleged abusive behavior by her might not have been attempts at self defense. BTW, there have been a lot of excuses for what he did to her, but what did the bystander do that was so allegedly “wrong?”

    AlwaysInFlyoverCountry, I do have to agree with you. If someone came at me with a chainsaw (running or not) or a knife or a gun, I wouldn’t assume they just wanted to shake my hand. I would assume they were wanting, trying to harm me.

  20. Bug said,

    April 1, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    He didnt go at her with it he went at the car. The bystander got in the way of him and the car.

  21. April 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Ok. “He didn’t go at her with it he went at the car.” But she was in the car? So in going at the car, he would also be going at her- no matter his intentions.

    And the bystanders “crime” was that he was in the way?

    So what I am hearing here is that he was out of control and dangerous to everyone near him.

  22. Bug said,

    April 1, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    She wasnt in the car. If she was yes then she would have been hurt but she wasnt. In it or hurt. The bystander put himself in the “way” he wasnt even in the same parking lot he went over to what save the car?

  23. April 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    You know Bug, you say you are a friend of his. Yet you persist in attempting to excuse him for dangerous, out of control behavior. Behavior that could not only cause harm to others but result in his being put in prison.

    What you may call “snapping” or “losing control” I call an attempt to control someone else. Through abusive behaviors that can include physical violence or intimidation. She had a behavior he wanted to change. If he couldn’t change it through talking, then he would do it by violence. First of all, that doesn’t work. Second of all, it will put him in prison.

    If you were a true friend, you would want to make sure that he was never in the position of harming himself or someone else again. You would try to persuade him into an anger management program, abuse prevention treatment or individual counseling before his out of control anger issue could result in him causing irreparable harm to someone and he ends up in prison- possibly for life.

    Because one thing I can guarantee you is that in every relationship he has, and not just his romantic relationships- there will always be times when there will be disagreements. And so violent behaviors will become a habit for solving problems. Getting help may assist him in learning new ways to cope with the anger issues and new ways to try to settle disagreements.

    On the left under abuse treatment you can find more information about the problem, and the resources that are available. For specific info about what is available in your area you might call your local domestic violence shelter, mental health agency or talk to your individual doctor.

  24. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    April 1, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    . . . Burke, who had arrived in a company van, went after her with a running chain saw, according to the affidavit, reportedly cutting into the passenger side of the car while she was in it.

    Raymond Griffith, an onlooker, told police he saw Burke “chasing his girlfriend with a chain saw.”


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

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