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Man climbs 400 feet up tower outside Orlando TV station

Firefighters initially tried to climb after him, but the man just climbed higher.
Police investigators say they believe the man has a history of mental of illness. [Photo from video/10News WTSP]
Published Sep. 19
Updated Sep. 19

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — Authorities say a man spent nearly eight hours on a 400-foot tower outside a central Florida television station studio.

Orlando police officers surrounded WKMG on Wednesday as crisis negotiators attempted to engage the man through a bullhorn.

WKMG reports traffic anchor Steve Montiero first noticed the man going into a secured area around 11 a.m. and then climbing the tower. Firefighters initially tried to climb after him, but the man just climbed higher. He eventually started a slow descent in the afternoon and made it safely to the ground.

Police investigators say they believe the man has a history of mental of illness.

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