Ontario County sheriff’s deputies say that a Rochester man is accused of violating an order of protection.
Deputies say that 46-year-old Thomas Bell was placed under arrest and charged with first degree criminal contempt. This charge is a class E felony.
They say Bell is accused of violating an order of protection. This order required that he keep away from a 36-year-old woman from Farmington. According to deputies, Bell is accused of following the woman on Route 332 in his vehicle, and then following the woman to her residence. He is accused of going onto the property, but was placed under arrest when trying to leave it.
Deputies say that in addition to the above charge, Bell also faces charges of fourth degree criminal mischief, and five counts of fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon. These charges come after deputies say Bell is accused of slashing the woman’s tires with a knife, as well as being in possession of knives and containers of OC pepper spray.They also say Bell is accused of driving with a suspended license, and is said to have had seven active suspensions. He was charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
Deputies say that Bell's arraignment took place, and he was sent to the Ontario County Jail without bail. He will be back in court on a future date.