07/21/2012 10:50 EDT | Updated 09/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Hamilton man has 4-hour police stand off at apartment

A Hamilton man has been charged with assault after a four-hour stand off with police at an apartment building Friday night.

The 35-year-old man barricaded himself in an apartment at 95 Hess St. S. around 10 p.m. Friday night, starting a stand off that ended around 2 a.m. Saturday morning, said Staff Sgt. Mark Cox of Hamilton Police Service.

The man went to the building to visit a woman who lived there with her common-law partner.

“As a result of what we believe was the ingestion of a substance, he reacted badly and assaulted the female at her residence,” Cox said.

The man tried to use an aerosol can to burn the woman, but the lighter wouldn't ignite, Cox said. The woman called 911.

Officers arrived to find the man had confined the woman to her apartment. She fled about 20 minutes after police arrived but the man wouldn't leave the third-floor apartment, Cox said. He also threw an air conditioner out the window.

The man eventually surrendered. He is charged with assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, mischief and breach of probation.