Andrew Dan-Jumbo, the TV home-improvement heartthrob, wants to move on with his life now that a City Court judge dismissed a charge of third-degree criminal trespass.
Dan-Jumbo, 42, the Buffalo resident who stars as the hunky carpenter on The Learning Channel's "While You Were Out," was arrested two weeks ago while attending a charity event at the American Red Cross' Buffalo headquarters on Delaware Avenue.
During a brief court proceeding Wednesday, City Judge Joseph A. Fiorella dismissed the misdemeanor charge against Dan-Jumbo.
Buffalo police said they arrested Dan-Jumbo on June 1 after the director of the event repeatedly told him to leave the party and he refused.
Dan-Jumbo reportedly refused to leave a restricted "roped-off area" at the event where he was using his cell phone, Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark explained Wednesday. The restricted area was either reserved for food preparation, serving food or for people working at the event.
Dan-Jumbo's attorney, Michael P. Stuermer, said the charge was dropped because there was no proof that "someone with authority" asked him to leave the charity event.
"He was never told to leave the party," Stuermer said outside the courtroom. "It's just a baseless charge . . . This was a fund-raiser. Mr. Dan-Jumbo was invited to the party, and he signed a lot of autographs."
Dan-Jumbo, wearing a black tailored suit and a tie adorned with a floral pattern, was asked how he felt about all the local media attention from the misdemeanor charge.
"I'd just like to move forward," he replied.
"It was an unpleasant experience to go through," Dan-Jumbo added. "It's unfortunate it took place."
Clark said he has no plans to refile the charge against Dan-Jumbo, adding that the "police file was technically incomplete."
Typically, defendants facing this charge have their cases adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, Clark explained .
Dan-Jumbo was arrested at about 11 p.m. after police were called in to respond to a disturbance at the ninth annual M*A*S*H BASH.
The fundraiser, a takeoff on the "M*A*S*H" TV series and movie, featured an admission of $40.77. Participants dressed in Korean War-era uniforms and partied to Lance Diamond and his 24-Karat Band.
Dan-Jumbo told police he was not going to leave the restricted area, and he was issued an appearance ticket, according to prosecutors.
"He did not appear to be intoxicated," Clark said. "He was rather arrogant, but not physical or belligerent . . . Why it escalated to that point? I don't know . . . Normally a situation like this is the result of stubbornness on both sides."
Dan-Jumbo, a Buffalo-area resident, was born in Nigeria and raised in England. He is a graphics designer and master carpenter.