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Naked man atop downtown tower is apprehended by LAPD

Naked man atop radio tower
A naked man on a downtown Los Angeles radio tower was taken into custody Wednesday night after officers climbed up it and convinced him to come down, police said.

Officers and firefighters were preparing to lower the man from the 220-foot tower in a basket, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The man was expected to be taken to County-USC Medical Center for evaluation.

He took off his clothes as he climbed the tower in the 700 block of East Temple Street shortly after 4 p.m.

"He started taking his clothes as he climbed," Officer Karen Rayner told The Times.

The tower is part of a city personnel building. It is unclear why the man climbed the structure.

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-- Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: A naked man climbed atop a communications tower downtown.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

 
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