Charges Dropped in Armed Confrontation with Airbnb Renters

The man who was charged in August with slew of felony crimes following an altercation with a group of Airbnb renters at an Aldie-area home saw those charges dropped Thursday in Loudoun County District Court.

John A. “Jack” Andrews, 77, was charged with five counts of abduction, use of/display of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and brandishing of a firearm.

The charges stemmed from a confrontation with the renters on the morning of Aug. 11 after Andrews, the homeowner, discovered the home had sustained significant damage and showed signs of violence, including broken doors and pools of blood. The previous night, the home had been the site of a large party with 300-400 people. The property’s caretaker recorded a video of a man being beaten as the party continued around 4. a.m.

Andrews arrived on the property at approximately 9 a.m. Armed with a handgun, he attempted to hold the small group of people who remained at the house until deputies arrived. They fled and he then blocked the driveway, preventing some from leaving.

Deputies charged Andrews. No charges were filed against the renters.

The case had been set for a preliminary hearing Nov. 8. None of the witnesses appeared to testify. Judge Dean Worcester granted the motion by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to drop the charges.

Andrews, who was held in the county jail without bond following his arrest, said he hopes to recover the extensive damages sustained at the home—more than $100,000—plus compensation for his own stress from Airbnb.

The home is no longer listed for rent, but is on the market for sale.

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