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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.

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.


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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