Man who reported knife attack now charged

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A man who showed up at a gas station and claimed his girlfriend attacked him with a knife is now accused of attacking her, according to Cranston police.

In a news release Tuesday afternoon, Cranston police said they arrested 34-year-old Robert Burley on charges of domestic strangulation and domestic vandalism.

Robert Burley (Photo Courtesy: Cranston Police)

Warwick police said Burley turned up at the Speedway gas station on Post Road around 1 a.m. A clerk called 911 when she saw him bleeding. According to police, Burley claimed his live-in girlfriend had stabbed him inside their apartment on Broad Street in Cranston.

Cranston police said earlier Tuesday morning that they had arrested the woman. However, according to the news release Tuesday afternoon, police said she would not face criminal charges.

Police said their investigation determined Burley had assaulted his girlfriend first, and that she stabbed him in self-defense. Burley was still in intensive care at Rhode Island Hospital Tuesday afternoon, but police said he was expected to recover. His girlfriend was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Burley would be arraigned at the hospital on the assault charges. He’s also been charged with being a fugitive from justice. Police said he was wanted in Pennsylvania for violating parole on a DUI charge.