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Video: LAPD rescues man dangling from 13th floor of building

July 29, 2011 | 12:49 pm


Police saved a man from jumping off the 13th floor of a downtown Los Angeles apartment building Thursday – and it was all caught on video.

A man in his 30s climbed to the roof of the building in the 100 block of West 7th Street at about 6 p.m., upset because of a breakup with his girlfriend, police said. Responding officers managed to handcuff the man to a metal railing to prevent him from falling over the edge.

The dramatic two-minute video, recorded by a witness and referenced in an LAPD news release, shows the man dangling over the edge of the building, and several officers working to bring him in. The man was eventually pulled to a concrete ledge on the building. Firefighters eventually cut the metal railing, removing it and the man.

Officials said the man bit the arm of an officer during the rescue.

The man was not arrested, but taken to an area hospital for evaluation and placed on a 72-hour hold.


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Video credit: via YouTube