“I may have hurt my girlfiend.” New details in 20 hour standoff with Roanoke man accused of abduction, malicious wounding of Roanoke County woman

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — New details are emerging in the case of a Roanoke man who police arrested June 22 after a 20 hour standoff.

John Andrew Burch faces abduction and malicious wounding charges in Roanoke County after police say he called and said, “I may have hurt my girlfriend.”

A probable cause affidavit says John Burch called Roanoke County Police on June 21 and made the statement. When officers came to the house, they report finding a woman “screaming, tied to the bed, restrained with tape and handcuffs.”

The affidavit says the victim had a bruised face, swollen wrists, and blood in her nostrils, mouth, and ear canal.

The victim also alleged that Burch “vaginally/anally sexually assaulted her, sodomized her orally, used a knife on her throat and breasts.” She added that Burch had strangled her multiple times.

Text messages had been exchanged between the two in the 48 hours prior to police arriving at the scene, police say, though law enforcement did not confirm the two were in a relationship. The document says Burch brought painter’s tape, handcuffs, a knife, and an unknown type of cord to tie the woman up against her will.

Roanoke City Police reportedly tracked down Burch at a house in the 2500 block of Edinburgh Drive Northwest around 1 p.m. on June 21, but when they tried to arrest him, he barricaded himself inside the house with a firearm.

The standoff ended around 10:30 a.m. on June 22.

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