Yesterday (5/21) at about 5:10 pm, a man who admitted he was high on methamphetamine attempted to enter a residence in the 2000 block of 7th Avenue near St. Albans High School. Resident reported the man was beating on the back door of her residence and had gained entry to the basement of her house. The back porch was fully enclosed and the man was still there when officers arrived. He was holding a large hunting knife and hatchet in his hands when confronted by police. He did comply with verbal commands, however and was arrested without incident.
The man, David A. Pettry (28 yoa from Miami, WV) admitted to officers he was high om meth and was just trying to find someone to help him. The resident of 7th Avenue heard Pettry in the basement before entering the enclosed porch. He was pounding on the door and at one point exposed himself to the resident who was inside the house.
Pettry was arrested for Daytime Burglary. He was processed and taken to Magistrate Court for arraignment. Detective J. M. Dent is the arresting officer.