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After more than three hours, man climbs down from crane in Koreatown

After more than three hours, man climbs down from crane in Koreatown
This photo from KTLA's Sky5 shows a man atop a crane in Koreatown. He climbed to the top of the machine Monday afternoon, and authorities finally persuaded him to come down. (KTLA)

A man climbed down from atop a crane in Koreatown after members of the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team persuaded him to leave his post.

The man, thought to be in his early 20s, spent more than three hours on top of the crane in the 3000 block of West 8th Street.

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Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman, said officers were checking the man’s mental status to determine what they would do next.

“We’re going to get him the help he deserves,” Im said.

The call came into the Los Angeles Police Department at 4:39 p.m. The man left the crane, which was about 80 feet high, about 7:45 p.m., Im said.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s toll-free number, (800) 273-8255. Callers are connected with a certified crisis center near where the call is placed.

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