The following is a news release from University Communications:
(October 1, 2012) – The University Police Department at Fresno State took an unarmed man into custody today after he perched in a tree in the Free Speech Area of campus and refused to climb down despite repeated orders from Fresno Fire Department and University Police personnel.
University Police report the man was first reported acting erratically inside the Henry Madden Library this morning before he went outside and climbed the tree across from the Free Speech Area stage near some student organizations’ booths. As a crowd gathered, University Police sealed off a portion of the area and spent more than an hour trying to coax the man to come down a ladder raised near the tree trunk.
The confrontation ended when the man stepped toward a ladder, which, after he balked, was knocked aside by officers. They grasped him and brought the man to the ground. University Police transported the man to a hospital to evaluate his complaints of pain and then to the Fresno County Jail.
Details on what charges might be filed were not available.