Man fleeing bail bondsman climbs on East LA roof

January 25, 2013 2:11:38 PM PST
A shirtless man spent hours on the roof of an East Los Angeles home on a rainy Friday morning after scrambling out an attic vent window to escape a bail bondsman, authorities said.

The bondsman went to the home at around 7 a.m. to take the man into custody after he failed to meet conditions of $115,000 bail on a burglary warrant, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

The man fled to the attic and then the roof, wearing only shorts and socks. He walked along the peak of the steeply pitched roof and then stood on top of the chimney as deputies waited him out below.

Parker said deputies evacuated neighbors, set up a ladder and talked to him, offering him warm clothes and food.

He eventually appeared to grow weary, leaning with his hands on his knees. Finally, around 11:45 a.m. he slowly climbed down a ladder.

Sheriff's Sgt. T.J. Smith said a gun and a bulletproof vest were found in the residence.


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