A man accused of damaging a fountain as well as other property is facing serious charges, sources have said. According to criminal law in Nevada, damaging property can be upgraded to a felony offense if the damage is sufficient, which was apparently the case here. The man was described as being "distraught" during the encounter with police, and he is currently in custody being held on bail of $5,000.
The bizarre encounter allegedly began when police were called to deal with a man who apparently jumped into the man-made lake surrounding Bellagio Fountains sometime on the evening of July 23. Apparently the 39-year-old man was spotted by bystanders who alerted bicycle units of the Metro police. The officers were soon joined by other police units as well as local firefighters and resort security in an attempt to extricate the man from the lake.