A 30-year-old Glendale man was taken into custody late Wednesday afternoon after authorities say he climbed onto the roof of an apartment building while trying to flee from police.
Sgt. Dan Suttles, a spokesman with the Glendale Police Department, said officers were attempting to talk to the man sometime around 1 p.m. in connection to an investigation for a nonviolent crime when he reportedly ran away from them. The man eventually climbed up to the roof of a two-story apartment building in the 1100 block of Alameda Avenue and refused to come down.
“He just hopped up on the roof and stayed there for a few hours, causing a bunch of commotion,” he said.
Out of an abundance of caution, police closed off Alameda between Fifth Street and Glenoaks Boulevard to traffic while officers attempted to talk the man down.
Suttles said the man eventually came down from the roof on his own volition around 4:10 p.m. He was identified as local resident Sevak Vardunyan.
He was taken into custody in connection to a warrant for his arrest on a burglary charge and a narcotics-related offense.
Alameda was quickly reopened to traffic after Vardunyan’s arrest.