A man tossing random objects — including paper clips and 100-pound weights — from atop a Hollywood high-rise under construction on Sunday was arrested and will undergo a psychological evaluation, police said.
The incident started around 3 a.m. Sunday and ended at 1:40 p.m. after Travis Bernard, 27, descended from a crane on the building at Polk Street and U.S. 1. No one was injured.
Part of Hollywood’s Young Circle was shut down for more than 10 hours while police and family members tried to talk Bernard down.
Bernard was charged with criminal mischief and trespassing and was retained for psychological examination on a Baker Act hold. He has no previous criminal record.
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The drama began when a resident called Hollywood police to report noises coming from the construction site at 1776 Polk St. Hollywood police arrived to find Bernard climbing up the crane to the 30-floor building.
Police efforts to coax Bernard down resulted only in him climbing higher while throwing things down.
“Screws, paper clips, buckets, 100-pound weights,” Hollywood police Officer Christian Lata said.
At one point, police raised food, water and clothing to Bernard.
Meawhile, U.S. 1 traffic in and out of Young Circle on the north side was shut off as was southbound traffic around Young Circle. Hollywood Boulevard traffic toward the circle was still allowed to pass.
Eventually, police talked Bernard into coming down.