A man who gained international attention for sitting atop an 80-foot tree in downtown Seattle came down to the ground after perching for 24 hours.
When the 28-year-old man’s feet hit the ground, the crowd cheered. He sat on the ground and ate a pear.
Police and medics approached him with restraints and a stretcher. The man appeared calm and cooperative.
Tiara Shadley watched for hours. “I was terrified. My heart was pounding. As soon as he came down, there was an overwhelming warmth of ‘phew.’ I’m so glad that he’s safe,” said Shadley.
Police said there were no plans to arrest the man. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
If King County mental health evaluators think he is a danger to himself or others, he will be put on a 72-hour hold for mental health treatment.