by Carrie C. Causey
WAKE FOREST — Firefighters were awakened around 1 a.m. Saturday by a teen trying to break into the fire department with a sledgehammer.
According to Wake Forest Police spokesman Bill Crabtree, Brian Craig Keller, 19, 1201 Buttercup Lane, entered the the Fire Station No. 3 building on Forestville Road by breaking the glass door with the sledgehammer while three firefighters were sleeping.
“When he was met in the hallway by fire personnel, he was holding the sledgehammer in one hand, a Bible in the other and was screaming that he was looking for a fireman,” Crabtree said in a statement. Keller allegedly didn’t specify which person he was seeking.
Firefighters responded by confronting Keller with an ax and instructing him to get on the ground. He was taken into custody without a struggle. The arrest report states Keller may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Keller was arrested and charged with first degree burglary and was placed in jail on a $50,000 secured bond.
Charges are also pending for simple assault.
The phone number listed on the arrest report is not in service and the suspect could not be reached for comment.
According to Wake Weekly archives, Keller was previously arrested for communicating threats and resisting officers last June after he came to the police station saying he was being followed and became uncooperative. He was Tased and taken to the hospital, where a physician allegedly recommended an involuntary commitment for him. It is unknown if he received treatment.