Charleroi Regional police arrest Georgia man

February 25, 2014
Anthony Burgess

A Georgia man was arrested early Tuesday by Charleroi Regional police after he allegedly broke into the Speers home of his former girlfriend because he was angry she was with another man.

Anthony Lamont Burgess, 48, of Decatur, was being chased out the back door by another man when police arrived at the home of Leslie Grimes, 116 State St.

Police were dispatched about 1:15 a.m. for a report of suspicious person in a backyard. Police went to the rear of the home and were met by Grimes, who told them that Burgess had broke into her and was trying to kill her. As police went to the back door, John Gudel was reportedly chasing Burgess out the back door.

Burgess reportedly had a pair of nunchucks in his left hand. He then threw the nunchucks against a garage before he was ordered to the ground by police.

Gudel showed police where Burgess had broken the door frame and deadbolt. Burgess also reportedly broke items in the kitchen before going up to the second floor. There also was a hole in the wall.

Grimes told police that she and Burgess had dated for awhile, but broke up about three days ago.

Gudel had an eye injury, but did not believe he was hit with the nunchucks.

Burgess told police that he drove up from Georgia. He told police that he was angry because they just broke up a few days ago and he could not believe she was with another man.

Burgess was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of aggravated assault, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief and having a prohibited offensive weapon. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $150,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for March 20 before District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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