A Staunton man is in custody after threatening to jump from a Fishersville building and holding authorities at bay for roughly an hour Wednesday night.
David A. Bell, 62, broke into a residence on Pinnacle Drive Wednesday, according to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies said they responded to the residence at about 7 p.m. to find Bell in a fourth-story window of the building threatening to jump.
“The initial investigation determined that prior to hanging out of the building, he pulled a fire alarm inside the building, and also sprayed an individual with a fire extinguisher,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “After negotiating with the male for approximately an hour, deputies were able to take the male suspect into custody.”
Bell is being held in Middle River Regional Jail in Verona without bond.
He faces multiple charges, including felony breaking and entering an occupied home with the intent to commit a misdemeanor, felony breaking and entering a dwelling at night, felony malicious injury by caustic substance, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, misdemeanor entering a property for the purpose of damaging contents and misdemeanor destroying or tampering with equipment used for fighting fires.