Friday, November 6, 2009


after a seven-hour standoff , early Thursday morning authorities dissuaded a white male from jumping off the edge of the roof of a five-story building on Valencia Street.

With the street below empty of pedestrians and traffic, firefighters and negotiators above worked patiently through the night, talking with the man, who sometimes dangled his feet over the roof of the Crown Hotel at 528 Valencia St.

The police said their policy was to wait him out and shortly after midnight the man relented and officers escorted him to San Francisco General Hospital. Police said he was between 30 and 35-years-old.

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