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To avoid police, New York man remains in tree for 3 days

Robert Besser
13 Oct 2021, 07:30 GMT+10

NEW YORK CITY, New York: A Queens man, Roody Thomas, spent almost three days up a tree to avoid being arrested by police.

New York police went to Thomas's home after his mother called and said he was threatening her.

Thomas, who is now in police custody, climbed the tree around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, remaining until after 5 p.m. on Friday.

Local media reported that police used sirens, drones and negotiators in a bid to force Thomas to climb down, but none of these methods worked.

After officers pulled away from the street, Thomas climbed out of the tree and onto the roof of his home, as a pastor reassured him that he would be safe.

Thomas was described as mentally troubled and in need of support.

Former NYPD Lieutenant Dr. Darrin Porcher stressed that police officers showed patience and professionalism, and reminded the public why the police were called in the first place.

Due to past experiences, police officers avoided forcing Thomas down from the tree. In 2008, an emotionally-disturbed person was killed after being tasered by officers.

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