APD: Man on roof of coffee shop threatens police
July 16, 2018 05:48 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Authorities spent about six hours on Saturday trying to coax a man off the roof of a coffee shop in northeast Albuquerque.
According to police, a man climbed on top of Humble Coffee’s roof and started making threats towards police. The standoff forced officers to close down parts of Lomas Boulevard near Washington Street.
Police asked people in the area to stay indoors, afraid the man may jump down and grab someone.
"We’re trying to get him off that roof peacefully but when you’re in a drug-induced psychosis state it’s hard to communicate with someone," said a spokesperson for APD.
According to officers, the individual was making threatening statements to officers and was believed to be armed.
The crisis intervention team was able to coax him off the roof around 5 p.m. and the roads were reopened.
Police say the man had a criminal history but had never done anything like this.
He was taken into custody and to UNM Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Updated: July 16, 2018 05:48 AM
Created: July 14, 2018 02:00 PM
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