October 13 – MORGANTOWN – A man was arrested Tuesday morning after climbing the roof of a building in the Villas apartment complex on Stewartstown Road.
The Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies reacted to the location shortly after 8:30 a.m. and arrested Zachary Spacht, 36. After initially looking for the suspect on the roof of the building with the help of maintenance workers, MPs found Spacht in an apartment.
The resident of this apartment spoke anonymously to The Dominion Post about the incident out of concern for her own safety.
“I work the night shift and just came home and had breakfast, recovered, went to bed … and I hear a knock on my door,” said the resident.
Looking through the peephole, the resident believed he recognized Spacht as a neighbor and opened the door to speak to him. Spacht claimed to have forgotten his keys and asked to climb into his own apartment from the resident’s balcony.
“I’m like, ‘Yeah, no problem.’ He comes in, he goes out and climbs along the roof of the building and … I see him climb through the window of his presumed apartment.
The resident went back to bed, but about 15 minutes later they heard footsteps on the roof followed by a loud thump nearby.
The resident went back into the living room and saw Spacht on her balcony. He said the police were after him and asked to return to the apartment until the officers left.
“That’s when I get a little nervous because I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m not sure if he has anything with him, ”said the resident. They left Spacht inside, hoping to avoid a confrontation.
The resident said Spacht asked her not to open the door, keep quiet, and picked up her phone and started making calls and texting.
“I was casually trying to drag the conversation out to keep him talking.
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When there was a knock on the front door, Spacht repeatedly said not to answer, but the resident said the sheriff’s deputies had soon broken through the door, causing Spacht to hide in a closet.
“I come out and they have their guns drawn, my hands are up, they say, ‘Hey, we knocked on your door pretty loud, didn’t you hear us?’ And I whispered to one of them, ‘Can we talk outside?’ “
The resident went outside with a deputy and shortly afterwards Spacht was in custody.
Sheriff Perry Palmer said Spacht was arrested “in a Capias county court for a parole violation.”
In most cases, a capias arrest warrant is issued in connection with a failure to appear in court in a criminal case.
“He’s going to go to the regional jail until the judge asks about him,” said Palmer.