An ex-con and registered sex offender is facing a felony charge after forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend’s residence with an ax, Perry police said. A person called 911 about 10:15 a.m. Monday to report a person breaking into a residence with an ax, police said. They arrived to find that James Bumbarger, 41, of Attica had broken into the residence to retrieve personal property.
“Luckily, the female was not home at the time,” police said in a news release.
Upon confirming Bumbarger had no permission to be in the residence, police charged him charged with third-degree criminal mischief.
He was committed to Wyoming County Jail without bail and is to appear Aug. 2 in Village Court.
State police assisted at the scene.
Bumbarger is an ex-con with a history of violence and sex abuse.
He pleaded guilty in April 2016 to attempted second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon after stabbing and seriously injuring a man in November 2015.
He was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison and released from Collins Correctional Facility on parole in July 2017, according to state records.
Bumbarger is also a Level 2 sex offender. He was convicted in August 2000 of first-degree sexual abuse for an incident involving a 19-year-old female in Warsaw.
He served six months in Wyoming County Jail for the sex crime.