Suspect's Plunge Ends Dallas Crane Siege

Robbery suspect held cops at bay for 14 hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2012 1:31 AM CDT
Updated May 29, 2012 4:00 AM CDT
Dallas Crane Siege Enters Second Day
The man fled into this crane cab on the Southern Methodist University campus.   (refidnasb1)

A man who claimed to be armed spent 14 hours holed up in the cab of a 150-foot-high construction crane in Dallas before falling to his death. The man, believed to be a robbery suspect fleeing police, had climbed into the cab on the campus of Southern Methodist University, and, using the cab's radio, threatened to shoot anybody who came near, CBS reports.

As officers unsuccessfully tried to talk him down, the robbery suspect, who had no air conditioning or water, spent the afternoon in the crane's cab fully exposed to the sun. Electricity to the cab was cut so that he could not operate the crane. He began throwing items—including his shirt and shoes—from the cab yesterday evening before falling after midnight this morning. Witnesses said he dangled by his hands for a couple of minutes before falling, MSNBC reports. "The suspect is deceased," said police. (More Southern Methodist University stories.)

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