Man In Custody After Police Standoff On Top Of River North Building

Sun-Times Media Wire
August 24, 2019 - 1:35 pm
Emergency crews on site during standoff between man on roof and SWAT teams.

WBBM Newsradio/Rachel Pierson

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago police SWAT team arrested a man on the roof of a River North building Saturday afternoon, bringing a brief standoff to a peaceful resolution.

The SWAT team was called to the corner of Clark Street and Erie Street at about 1:15 p.m. after the man had an “encounter” with police patrols, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The circumstances of that initial encounter were unclear, but the man might have thrown unidentified objects at the officers before climbing onto up to the roof, Guglielmi said.

The man barricaded himself there until about 1:40 p.m., when the SWAT team brought him down without incident, Guglielmi said. No one was injured.

The man is currently being medically evaluated, and police are weighing whether he’ll face charges.

WBBM Newsradio's Rachel Pierson was at the scene. Witnesses told her that a man came out of the Walgreens drug store at Clark and Erie wearing a mask and apron. He was carrying a mop/broom handle. He stood at the corner of Clark and Erie as if he were waiting for someone to try and fight him.

Police arrived on scene and the man began throwing bottles at them. He then scaled the exterior wall and stood atop the roof waving the mop/broom stick violently, witnesses told WBBM.

One woman said the man lifted his apron and exposed himself. They added that the incident lasted about two hours total.

Traffic backups persisted in the area through midafternoon because police closed roads during the incident.

Material from WBBM Newsradio's Rachel Pierson was used for the story.