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Harrah man accused of trying to bury, drown girlfriend

A Wellston woman told police she lost consciousness when Johnny Bourlon, 40, of Harrah, threw her to the ground near the Canadian River. He is charged with domestic abuse.
by Tim Willert Published: June 21, 2012

A Harrah man is accused of assaulting a woman he was dating and trying to bury her near the Canadian River, authorities said.

Johnny Paul Bourlon, 40, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County District Court with domestic abuse (assault and battery) and unauthorized use of a vehicle, records show.

The woman told Harrah police Bourlon tried to drown her in the river and took her minivan without her permission, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police identified the woman as Onna Marie Warren, of Wellston.

Police were called to the river near Sweeney Road about 10 p.m. June 9. When they arrived, Warren was covered in sand, had bruises on her arm, and her skirt was ripped, according to the affidavit.

Warren said she and Bourlon had been drinking and fishing on the river for a couple of days when he started “acting very mean,” police reported.

She told police she lost consciousness when Bourlon threw her to the ground. When she regained consciousness, Bourlon was dragging her, police said.

According to the affidavit, Warren told police Bourlon “buried her in the sand and put sand in her mouth, causing her not to breathe.” He then threw her in the river, “knowing that she could not swim and was afraid of the water.”

The woman ran into the woods, where she asked some people for help, police reported. She said she saw Bourlon driving off in her vehicle.

Bourlon was arrested June 10. He remained in custody Thursday with bail set at $6,000, an Oklahoma County jail employee said. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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