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Man threatens to jump from Glendale overpass, comes down after 4 hours

Man threatens to jump from Glendale overpass, comes down after 4 hours
A man threatened to jump from the Glendale Avenue overpass of the 134 Freeway on Wednesday, which stopped traffic on both directions of the highway. (Glendale News-Press)

Glendale police were able to talk down a man who threatened to jump from a freeway overpass early Thursday morning four hours after he climbed atop a chain-link fence.

Officers were initially searching for the man in connection with a report of an unstable person in the 1400 block of East Glenoaks Boulevard.

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They eventually found him sometime around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on top of a fence at the Glendale Avenue overpass of the 134 Freeway.

Tahnee Lightfoot, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Police Department, said a crisis-negotiation team was called out to coax the man down.

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Officers from California Highway Patrol were called in to stop traffic in both directions on the freeway and the Glendale Fire Department set up a large inflated cushion underneath the overpass to catch the man in case he went through with his threat.

The man was eventually convinced to climb down around 1:35 a.m., and he was taken into custody on a mental-health hold, according to Lightfoot.

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