‘Naked’ suspect who attacked grandmother claims to be pro hoops player
(KMOV.COM) GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – The man who police say brutally attacked a grandmother and her teenage granddaughter at a home in Lawrenceville Tuesday afternoon told a Gwinnett County judge he’s a professional basketball player.
Andre Burton, 32, was listed as unemployed on the Gwinnett County incident report.
“How long have you been unemployed, sir?” asked the judge Thursday during Burton’s first court appearance.
“About 2 months,” answered Burton.
“What did you do before that?” the judge asked.
“Played professional basketball,” Burton said.
CBS46 News searched several websites that list statistics for professional athletes and found a pro basketball player named Andre Burton whose photo looks the same as the man in court. He is the same height, weight and age and lists his address as Memphis, Tennessee.
The websites show that he most recently played for the Dutch basketball league in Holland.
“Does anyone know you’re here?” the judge asked Burton in court.
“I don’t think any of my family or friends, no one,” he answered.
Tony Walker is the last person to see Burton before the attack. He confirmed Burton is a pro athlete and he is known to people in the area by his nickname, ‘Memphis.’
Walker said Burton was a passenger in his SUV when Burton suddenly flipped out and started saying “crazy things.”
The two ended up fighting after Walker pulled over. Then Walker said Burton bit his arm and stole his keys.
According to Walker, Burton was fully clothed when he drove away, but sometime later, all of his clothes came off.
Gwinnett County Police said Burton was naked and apparently on drugs when he broke into the home of Phyllis Davis, 73.
Davis used a cell phone to call 911, but was attacked before she could give her complete address. Dispatchers traced the call to Saratoga Drive near Lawrenceville. Officers found the home.
According to police, one officer heard screams, kicked in the door, followed a trail of blood and found Burton in a bathroom completely naked, covered in blood. The officer could see Burton beating Davis as her 14-year-old granddaughter cowered in a corner, police said. Burton would not comply with officers’ orders for him to get on the floor, according to the incident report, so they used a Taser on Burton at least twice to get him into custody.
In court, Burton said he doesn’t have an attorney. When the judge told him he could have a court-appointed attorney, Burton asked, “Could he take care of the traffic citations too?”
“Sir, I’m sure he’s going to be more than capable of taking care of everything that’s against you,” the judge answered.
According to police, Burton stole his friend’s car before committing the random attack.
The judge told Burton that because of the seriousness of the charges related to the attack, he does not quality to get out of jail on bond.