Man arrested after assaulting ex-girlfriend, her companion with shotgun

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   A Roan Mountain man was arrested early Saturday morning after he reportedly forced his way into the residence of his ex-girlfriend and assaulted her and her male companion while they were lying in bed.
   Henry Lee Burrow, 33, 169 Crabtree Rd. was arrested by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kevin Cable and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault under domestic violence and vandalism under domestic violence.
   According to police reports, officers responded to a residence at 1298 Rittertown Rd. on a call of a domestic disturbance.
   "Upon arrival, deputies found (Burrow) outside the residence yelling that he was going to kill them," Cable said. "He then went into the residence and picked up a hunting type knife. Deputies told (Burrow) to drop the knife and he placed it on the kitchen counter."
   A broken shotgun was also laying on the kitchen counter, according to reports, and several items were laying all over the kitchen floor.
   Officers found Charlie C. Mays sitting in the floor of the kitchen. Margaret Grindstaff was in the bedroom and had also sustained injuries. According to reports, officers were summoned to Grindstaff's residence.
   "(Burrow) was in an emotionally agitated state and advised that he had caught the Mays subject having sex with the female, identified as Margaret Grindstaff, whom he claimed was his girlfriend," Cable said. "Arestee advised officers that he had beat Mays with the shotgun and advised that if he had been able to locate ammunition, he would have killed them both."
   Grindstaff told police she had broken up with Burrow on Christmas Day and he had moved out of the residence. Grindstaff also said she was in bed with Mays when Burrow kicked in the bedroom door and began assaulting him with the shotgun. Grindstaff tried to make Burrow stop and he assaulted her and slung her into a wall.
   Mays suffered a possible broken right arm and a laceration under his chin, cuts above and below his right eye and swelling all over his face. He was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by Carter County Rescue Squad emergency personnel. Information on his condition was unavailable on Monday.
   Grindstaff had abrasions on her left collarbone, left shin, the right side of her head and neck, and a scratch on her back.
   Burrow is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Jan. 12.