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Man accused of stealing church van climbs side of building, jumps to his death
Arrested in Hall County, suspect bonds out, then leaps from Gwinnett Medical Center
Jesse Dean Rust
Jesse Dean Rust

A Lawrenceville man who bonded out of the Hall County Jail on Friday morning jumped from the roof of Gwinnett Medical Center the next day and died, according to authorities.

Lawrenceville police officers responded to the hospital before 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, on Medical Center Boulevard in Lawrenceville just as Jesse Rust, 29, struck the sidewalk.

“After checking the roof of the building, it was determined that there was no access to the area where Rust stood before he jumped from the building,” according to the report.

Lt. Jake Parker said the jump was roughly six stories.

“My understanding was, from some of the officers that were on scene, the outside of that building has a brick facade, and some of those bricks kind of protrude. It looks like he scaled them,” Parker said.

Witnesses told the officers they noticed Rust climbing the building and told medical center security. Employees then called 911.

The report stated Rust was admitted to the hospital earlier that day from his residence.

Rust bonded out of the Hall County Jail after 3 a.m. Friday, July 27, on a theft by receiving charge related to a reportedly stolen Florida church van.

Deputies arrived at a gas station at the intersection of White Sulphur Road and Ga. 365 at approximately 4:10 a.m. Thursday. There, they encountered Rust, who said he had a flat tire and was waiting for his friend.

The van had a decal reading “Truth, Faith and Deliverance Community Church of St. Petersburg, Florida.”

Deputies checked the vehicle’s identification number and found that it had been reported stolen in Florida. Damage inside the vehicle was also consistent with it being stolen.

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