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Suspected tagger falls from three-story building, shatters skull

October 11, 2012 |  9:10 am

Approximate location of incident shown in black.

A 19-year-old man who allegedly climbed a tree in Westlake so he could paint graffiti on a three-story building fell onto the sidewalk early Thursday morning and shattered his skull, authorities said.

The man fell about 30 feet about 2:45 a.m. in the 1600 block of Beverly Boulevard and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with no brain activity, said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Wes Buhrmester.

“He remains alive, but his prognosis is poor,” Buhrmester said in an email, adding the man’s name had not been released. Officers found spray paint at the scene.

“Rampart patrol officers and detectives are following up on the incident, and at this time, it is believed to be an accident, and not a criminal act,” Buhrmester said. “Officers do not believe he is a gang member.”

Police also said they want to talk with whoever called them to report the accident, hoping the anonymous caller will have more information about what happened.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.