MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - Miramar Police officers arrested a man following a standoff after he climbed a fire truck and refused to come down for hours.
On Tuesday morning, authorities were near the intersection of State Road 7 and Miramar Parkway when the man settled onto the air conditioning on top of the truck’s roof after attempting to check on him.
“He was dancing in the middle of the street, fire rescue approached him, approached this intersection I should say, and was concerned for his wellbeing,” said Tania Rues, a spokesperson for Miramar Police. “They were afraid he was going to get hit by a vehicle, so they stopped and were waiting for us to respond. By the time we arrived on-scene, he was already on top of the fire rescue truck.”
Live video footage showed the man smoking atop the rescue vehicle while traffic built up in the area.
“He has a whole city street blocked,” said a witness. “They’re telling him to get off but he’s not getting off, he’s not budging.”
Miramar Police are familiar with the individual as law enforcement agents have encountered him in the past. Residents of the area say he is a known homeless man.
“He’s going crazy and now he’s up there for the past hour, two hours now,” said Russ Brown, another witness.
The incident began around 10 a.m. and lasted hours while the man danced on the truck and paced back and forth. He even waited during a torrential downpour of rain.
“I just stopped right now and just parked for all this to go down. I know this is going to cause a lot of traffic,” said witness Diego Alderete. “I just want them to bring him down because he’s not doing anything really, he’s just yelling… I don’t know why they can’t bring him down, he’s just smoking.”
Another witness said he was satisfied with how officials handled the situation.
“I’m glad to see that the police department is taking their time here, for not rushing anything because you don’t want to see him fall off the ambulance and get hurt,” said Steven Gray.
However, this wasn’t the first time the man pulled a wild stunt.
In 2021, he climbed and sat on top of a street light pole on 10th Street and Collins Avenue in South Beach, where he caused a scene. The man eventually came down and ran off when police arrested him a short time later.
Law enforcement spent approximately two and a half hours trying to coerce the man down. When the man finally climbed down from the fire rescue truck, police placed him in handcuffs and took him into custody.
“It takes a lot of patience,” said Rues. “We had members of our Crisis Negotiation Team out there speaking with him, trying to build a rapport, trying to get him comfortable enough, to want to come down.”
Police said he was Baker Acted and will go under a mental evaluation.
“We weren’t concerned that he was going to be violent or going to hurt someone in this particular situation,” continued Rues. “We’re more concerned for his own personal wellbeing.”
Miramar Police said he is well known to the department but for non-violent offenses. He will be spending the next few days in the hospital, but it remains unclear if he’ll face any charges once he’s released.
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