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Police Coax Down A Man Who Refused To Leave An 80-Foot Tree For 24 Hours

The 28-year-old man climbed down the tree in Seattle, Washington, before noon on Wednesday. He was taken into custody by police and will receive a medical evaluation.

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Police in Seattle, Washington, managed to coax a 28-year-old man down from an 80-foot Sequoia tree in the city's downtown area after a 24-hour standoff, officials announced.

The moment Seattle's #manintree came down: https://t.co/TsVYuzugbO

It is unclear why the man scaled the tree, which is believed to have been in place since the 1970s and is decorated every year for Christmas.

Police said the man was taken into custody and will receive a medical evaluation.

"It is quite a spectacle, honestly," police spokesman Patrick Michaud told The Seattle Times on Tuesday as the man clung to the tree's branches and trunk.

Michaud said police did not want to rush rescue efforts because it could make the situation dangerous.

KOMO News in Seattle livestreamed the entire event.

Police negotiators and crisis intervention specialists climbed a Seattle fire truck ladder to make face-to-face contact with the man, who they believe is in the midst of a crisis. But their early rescue efforts were unsuccessful.

Police said the man threw an apple, branches, and pine cones at officers on the street below and claimed to be armed with a knife.

Great image of @Man_In_Tree by @kevinlisota of @geekwire #Seattle #ManInTree

"Due to his violent behavior and threats, and the man's precarious position high above the ground, police are taking extreme caution to ensure the safety of everyone involved," said the police department.

After early rescue efforts failed, Seattle's "super hero" Phoenix Jones rushed to the scene claiming to know the man and said he may leave the tree for a sandwich and cigarettes.

In route to help could not reach @SeattlePD 2 inform them that I've met this man before and believe he will come down for a beer & cigaret

But police thwarted his attempts.

UPDATE: @ThePhoenixJones here. Sandwich in hand. Police not letting him get close to the scene. #ManInTree #Q13FOX

"I hope they can do it themselves," said Jones. "Because clearly the SPD doesn't want the help from someone who clearly knows the freaking guy. It's ridiculous."

So we are here but Spd says it's under control and they don't want our help. Nine hours still stuck #letphoenixhelp

The man in the tree quickly attracted a group of people who were rooting for him.

Just now heading to bed... And he's still in the tree! Hang in there mate! #maninthetree

Some people were amazed that he went out on a limb and stuck to it for so long.

THINKS TO SELF Surely #maninthetree is down by now. *Checks Twitter* Man, he's really sticking by it.

He's even inspired a Twitter account.

Where there's a Willow, there's a way. #ManInTree https://t.co/B0h24j7hpK

Other people hoped that the man in the tree gets the assistance he needs.

Humor aside, I hope the #ManInTree saga takes a positive turn and has a favorable outcome: for the story and for him.

Leticia Miranda is a consumer affairs reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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