A purported member of Black Lives Matter who had been hanging off the side of Chicago’s Trump Tower for more than 13 hours was safely taken into police custody early Monday, authorities said.
The unidentified man in his 20s was spotted dangling from the tower’s 16th-floor balcony since about 5:30 p.m. Sunday and he demanded to speak to President Trump and the media, cops and local reports said.
He also threatened to commit suicide, police said.
Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted just before 7 a.m. local time that the “situation [was] resolved peacefully by Negotiators.”
“Suspect in custody. No injuries,” Ahern said.
During the more than 13 hours that the man had been suspended from the side of the 1,389-foot-tall tower, police made efforts to de-escalate the chaotic situation.
Later Sunday night, a video message from what appeared to be the man began circulating on social media.
Filmed while hanging from an orange rope — and at one point acknowledging he’s in Chicago — the man in the video identifies himself as a Black Lives Matter member with a message for Trump, according to footage shared by Inside Paper.
“I don’t want to die. If someone will try to pull this rope, I will jump and die,” the man said, panning the camera down for a view of the Chicago River.