A New York man climbed a tree on Wednesday and stayed in it for a whopping three days. 44-year-old Roody Thomas flew after his mother called police for allegedly threatening her. That‘s what US media reports.
Once the officers arrived at the house, the man escaped by climbing into the tree. He filed a lawsuit against the NYPD in 2013 and feared they were going to attack him. Thomas sat down on a branch, about 10 meters high.
The police tried everything to get him out: a drone, loud music, and even negotiators came to the spot. But nothing seemed to help. Meanwhile, more and more people came to the tree; even a priest had come to the place.
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While Thomas was sitting in the tree, he screamed that he didn’t want to go to jail because he was afraid he would be mistreated there. Eventually Erica Ford, volunteer from the Life Camp mental health group, managed to convince him to come out of the tree. She asked if the police could leave the area so they could talk directly to Thomas. The man came down again as a result of the conversation with her. It was 5pm then Friday.
Ford then took the man to a hospital for a medical evaluation. When he came out of the tree, he wasn‘t arrested. It’s not yet clear if the man is being accused of his time on the tree.
Thomas has done his needs, such as urination, from the tree. He survived from food he got from officers on Thursday. At some point he even ate leaves.