Man Allegedly Hurls Roof Tiles at Police, Falls From Atop House

A cadre of San Gabriel Valley police officers spent the hours from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning trying to corral a man who, a half-day after fleeing from a private ambulance, used an electrical pole to climb onto the roofs of San Marino homes before allegedly throwing terra-cotta roof tiles at officers.
Officers finally arrested the man at 6:40 a.m. Monday after he fell off the roof of a home in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Avenue, holding him on suspicion of interfering with an investigation, assault of a police officer, trespassing and felony vandalism. He was promptly taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, but by that point, according to the San Marino Police Department, he had been on the run for more than 30 hours and had actively resisted officers for nearly 18 hours.
The man gave different names to officers and paramedics throughout the ordeal and said he had a 1983 birthdate, but without an ID, officials have yet to confirm any of the names.
“We don’t even know who he is yet,” said Sgt. Tim Tebbetts of the SMPD on Tuesday morning. “We have not confirmed his identity yet.”
Police Chief John Incontro said the man was previously arrested by Culver City Police Department and, after an evaluation, placed on a psychiatric hold and transported to Southern California Hospital in Culver City. At some point, Incontro said, he was ordered moved to Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena.
The SMPD said officers were initially called at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after paramedics reported the man had fled from the private ambulance transporting him while the vehicle was near California and Sierra Madre boulevards. Officers from San Marino, as well as the Pasadena and South Pasadena police departments, could not find him after an hour’s search.
“We’re still trying to figure out why he could just get out of the ambulance,” Incontro said.
Around 1 p.m. Sunday, a resident from the 500 block of Sierra Madre Boulevard reported to the SMPD that she’d seen a person in her backyard that morning who matched the description of the runaway. Officers then found the man hiding in bushes in a backyard in the 500 block of Sierra Vista Avenue. (The two streets run parallel to each other and their properties share backyard lines.)
According to the SMPD, the man fled, scaling backyard fences to elude officers, who then set up containment with assistance from Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Gabriel police. The man was found once again behind a home on Sierra Vista Avenue, but he climbed a nearby electrical pole and went atop a garage for a home on Sierra Madre Boulevard, officers said.
Southern California Edison had to shut off power to the area’s electrical poles after the man began to tamper with lines while on the garage, police said. Sometime afterward, he jumped to another Sierra Madre Boulevard roof and then onto a Sierra Vista Avenue roof.
An officer who scaled a ladder at some point to keep tabs on the man had to be treated for a sprained shoulder and ankle after the man charged at him and pushed the ladder down, police said.
Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the SMPD requested additional aid from surrounding agencies, with officers from Monterey Park, Alhambra and Glendale joining the effort. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent a crisis negotiator team.
As officers tried to coax the man to surrender and come down from the home’s roof, he started breaking the terra-cotta roof tiles and throwing them at officers, the SMPD said. The man eventually fell from the roof, leading to his apprehension.

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