Man sentenced after escaping arrest with three-story leap

By Joe Beck

FRONT ROYAL — A South Carolina man who jumped out of a three-story window while escaping from a police officer was sentenced to three months in jail Tuesday in Warren County Circuit Court after the defendant was returned from his home state.

Adrian Deandra McDuffie Jr., 21, fled after Front Royal police officer Bryan W. House appeared at the door of McDuffie’s apartment at 19 S. Royal Ave. on Dec. 22 to serve him with an arrest warrant.

McDuffie was wanted in connection with text message threats of a violent and sexual nature made about a 3-year-old girl.

“It was done to get at his girlfriend, but the threats were heinous in nature,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton said of McDuffie’s text messages.

In a criminal complaint, House wrote that McDuffie opened the apartment door and identified himself.

“At that time I grabbed his left wrist with my right hand while telling him he was under arrest,” House said of McDuffie. “McDuffie immediately removed his arm from my grasp, then escaped by jumping from his third-story window.”

McDuffie pleaded guilty Tuesday to escaping custody by force and using profane language over a public airway. He was extradited back to Warren County from South Carolina about two months ago.

Layton said he had “reluctantly” entered a plea agreement that called for a total of five years in prison, all but three months of which were suspended. The sentence also included three years supervised probation and an order that McDuffie have no contact with the girl, her mother or anyone else in the victim’s family.