PIQUA — A local man is facing felony abduction and domestic violence charges after allegedly keeping his girlfriend from leaving their home or answering the door last weekend.
Gary S. Burns, 28, of Piqua, was arrested for third-degree felony abduction, third-degree felony domestic violence, and second-degree misdemeanor domestic violence in connection with this incident.
The incident took place on the 300 block of Young Street early Saturday at midnight. According to Piqua police reports, a caller reported that she received a text message from her daughter telling her to call the police, as her boyfriend was not letting her answer the door.
The victim reportedly attempted to call police with her daughter’s cell phone when Burns allegedly took the victim’s cell phone away from her. At that time, the dispatch center said the line disconnected and police were unable to get an answer at the door.
During the police department’s second attempt to get an answer at the residence, officers still did not get a response. The officers then obtained a search warrant for the home. When they returned, Burns reportedly opened the door.
The victim stated that she tried to leave the residence, but Burns “grabbed her and restrained her from leaving,” according to police reports. The victim also said that when Burns allegedly grabbed her, the incident left numerous scratches on her face. The victim also told police that Burns reportedly threatened to hurt her, threw a lighter at her, told her to lie to police, and took her car key from her.
The victim requested a temporary protection order against Burns.
Burns was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Monday. He is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $31,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Burns is scheduled for May 25.
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