On Thursday, a man wanted on assault charges climbed a tree in New York City to hide from cops for more than 24 hours – and is still nesting there.
When police arrived in the Jamaica neighbourhood of Queens, they discovered the branch bandit still up in the tree, refusing to come down.
Cops were called to the 44-year-old man’s home on Wednesday after reports of shouting and claims that the man had threatened his mother and assaulted his girlfriend, 50, a week earlier.
However, before the officers could arrive, the unnamed suspect bolted up to his house’s roof and jumped onto the tree in front of his house.
As he gripped the trunk, the man screamed, “Now the world is watching!”
Sandra Dee, a neighbour, said the police actions were excessive.
“He’s tucked away in his own tree.” This appears to be excessive. He never threatened anyone. Dee, 58, told the Daily News, “He’s not violent.”
“They’re trying to get him out, but he’s refusing to come out.”
“He claims he doesn’t trust them because he has been abused by cops and correctional officers.” He was imprisoned for two years.
“He claimed he was abused while in jail.”