Springfield man charged in attack on roommate

A Springfield man is accused of fracturing his roommate’s face after assaulting him.

Andrew Burton, 60, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Springfield police began their investigation Oct. 24 when they were called to a home on the 700 block of West Main Street in reference to an assault. Officers found the male victim standing outside the home bleeding from his face.

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“He also had blood all over his hands,” an affidavit says. “(The victim) advised that the suspect is still in the house. He advised that the suspect also lives at the address.”

The victim appeared confused due to the trauma, according to the affidavit, but told police he was struck several times with a closed fist. He also allegedly told hospital staff that he was beaten with a wooden object, according to the affidavit.

“While inside the house officers observed blood on the living room floor, on the table and on the couches,” the affidavit says.

Officers made contact with the suspect, Burton, according to the affidavit. The court document says Burton spoke with police.

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“While at the headquarters, Mr. Burton advised he was upset with (the victim) because he was knocking on his room door,” the report says. “Mr. Burton advised that (the victim) invited people over to the house but wanted them to leave. Mr. Burton advised that (the victim) wanted him to tell them to leave instead of doing it himself.”

The man allegedly told police that the victim began “talking crazy” and that he beat him.

The affidavit says Burton had been staying at the home for about two months. Burton was arrested by police after the interview.

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