Friday 2 December 2016

Man refuses to descend from tall Seattle tree

Published 23/03/2016 | 15:26

Police said the issue 'appears to be between the man and the tree' (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Police said the issue 'appears to be between the man and the tree' (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)
A police negotiator tries to coax the man out of the 80ft tree (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)
The 80ft tree stands in central Seattle (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times via AP)

A man is refusing to leave his perch near the top of an 80-foot (24-metre) tree in downtown Seattle despite hours of coaxing.

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Authorities were alerted to the unidentified man on Tuesday morning, and he was still clinging to its branches more than 20 hours later.

"Issue appears to be between the man and the tree," Seattle police tweeted.

Police spokesman Patrick Michaud told The Seattle Times: "It is quite a spectacle, honestly."

Mr Michaud said police want to make sure the man can get down without hurting himself or someone else and added that rushing it could create a dangerous situation.

Police have said he appears to be suffering from a crisis and has been yelling intermittently.

Seattle police said when authorities arrived at the base of the tree, the man refused to speak with them and threw an apple at medics.

The man has ripped multiple branches from the tree and tossed them at the ground and at negotiators.

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