Nunchaku attack lands Georgia man in jail
A Georgia man, reportedly incensed that his ex-girlfriend was with another man, broke into her Speers residence Tuesday morning armed with a nunchaku, police said.
Anthony Lamont Burgess, 48, of Decatur, was arrested early Tuesday and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Charleroi Regional Police said that when they arrived at 116 State St. just before 1:30 a.m., John Gudel was chasing Burgess out a rear door. Police said they could hear Leslie Grimes screaming from inside the house.
Officer Mike Leasure said Burgess was carrying the nunchaku, a martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected by a short chain or rope.
Burgess allegedly tossed the weapon beside a garage before police ordered him to the ground. Police said that after Burgess was subdued, Gudel showed them a broken door frame and door bolt where Burgess had allegedly broken into the house.
Leasure said he observed a large hole in the wall. Gudel purportedly told him the damage occurred when he grabbed Burgess to prevent him from getting to Grimes.
Police said Gudel suffered injuries to his left hand and right eye. Gudel said he was able to subdue Burgess before he was able to fully swing the nunchaku.
Grimes told police she and Burgess had dated for awhile before breaking up three days before the alleged incident, police said.
While under arrest, Burgess allegedly told police he drove to Speers from Georgia and could not believe Grimes was in the company of another male so soon after the breakup.
Burgess was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief and possession of a prohibited offensive weapon. He was arraigned by Centerville Magisterial District Judge Joshua Kanalis.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled 9 a.m. March 20 before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi.