Andre Joseph Burch, 29, of Waldorf Credit: Charles County Sheriff’s Office

On February 5 at 4:43 p.m., officers responded to the 11300 block of Golden Eagle Place in Waldorf for the report of a domestic-related dispute/altercation. Officers spoke with a woman with clear and visible injuries when they arrived. The suspect, Andre Joseph Burch, 29, of Waldorf, fled the scene before police arrival.

A preliminary investigation revealed Burch was inside the townhome with the victim, and an argument ensued. Burch reportedly produced a firearm and threatened to shoot the victim. The victim was able to strike the suspect when he began assaulting her and pulling out large portions of her hair. The victim was able to call 9-1-1 for help. Officers arrived and canvassed the area but did not locate the suspect. The officers subsequently obtained an arrest warrant charging Burch with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and other charges.

Further, a bench warrant from the Charles County Circuit Court was issued charging Burch with violating his probation relating to previous charges, which include: 

  • On October 18, 2019, Burch was arrested for firing a gun toward a group of people on Snow Owl Place. On November 19, 2019, he was indicted on charges of first-degree assault (three counts), second-degree assault (4 counts), attempted home invasion, and use of a firearm in a felony. In court, he entered an Alford plea and was sentenced to 10 years for second-degree assault and five years for illegally possessing a regulated firearm. All but 18 months of this sentence was suspended, and Burch was released from the Charles County Detention Center on December 18, 2020, after being there for 14 months.  
  • In April 2021, as part of another investigation relating to Burch, officers served a search warrant at Burch’s residence. A firearm was recovered, and Burch was arrested and charged with illegally possessing a firearm due to multiple previous prohibiting convictions. He was released on personal recognizance the following day. During his court appearance in October 2021, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years, with all suspended but one day.

On February 7, 2023, officers assigned to the Warrant Unit located and arrested Burch concerning the domestic assault that occurred on February 5.

On February 8, in terms of the domestic-related assault, a judge ordered Burch could be released from the detention center as long as he met the conditions for electronic monitoring and has no contact with the victim. Burch was also released on electronic monitoring for the bench warrant with orders he must remain home and can only leave his residence for medical and legal appointments.  

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