Man in Custody After Ascending 200-Foot Crane in Hollywood While Wrapped in American Flag

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A man was taken into custody roughly three hours after he scaled a 200-foot crane in Hollywood on Sunday, officials said.

The man was first spotted atop the crane at a building under construction at 6140 W. Hollywood Blvd. around 5 p.m. and was apprehended around 8 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A man draped in an American flag climbed 200 feet up a crane in Hollywood on April 8, 2018. (Credit: Matt Parson / @thedigitalcreator on Instagram)

A man draped in an American flag climbed 200 feet up a crane in Hollywood on April 8, 2018. (Credit: Matt Parson / @thedigitalcreator on Instagram)

He could be seen shirtless and barefooted, draped in an American flag, climbing up and down the crane's boom in footage from the scene. He had apparently taken the flag from the crane, atop which it was previously flying.

Thousands of residents and tourists nervously watched the ordeal unfold from below as the man made several dangerous maneuvers. At one point, he could be seen dangling from the jib on a piece of rope.

Urban Search and Rescue personnel and Los Angeles police were at the scene for hours, working to negotiate with him and coax him down until he peacefully descended on his own.

After he was brought down, he was assessed by a mental evaluation unit at the scene then taken to a nearby hospital, police said.

LAPD Sgt. Jose Torres described the man's disposition following his descent as "humble."

“Once he came down he was very apologetic," Torres said. "He was rambling a lot of different things, not very comprehensive. The main thing is that he was mostly sorry for what he did and telling us that he didn’t want to put us in danger, nor did he want us to use all the resources that we did just for him.”

The man, who has not been publicly identified, also told officers he wished to speak with his 9-year-old daughter who he hasn't seen in some time.

Authorities were still unsure why he chose to climb the crane in the first place.

Officials did not specify which building project the crane was operating on, but Curbed L.A. reported a 14-story hotel was planned for the location in October 2016. The lot was previously occupied by a one-story office building, the blog said.

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