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.