Man refuses to come off Tulsa telecom tower for 5th day
A 25-year-old man in Tulsa refused to come down off a communications tower for the fifth day Monday.
Authorities said that the man, only identified as William, had been at the top of the 300-foot Clear Channel tower since Thursday at 11 a.m.
“Dehydration at a cellular level cannot be denied,” senior negotiator Cole Butler said Saturday.
The man had requested a Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Rooster Booster and a cappuccino.
His reasons for climbing the tower were not clear at the time of publication, but he denied that suicide was a motivation.
“Honestly, if he was wanting to jump, I think it would have happened by now. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the next five seconds,” Butler said.
He shouted to police Saturday night that he would rather be on the tower than “down there.”
News 9 has live video of the standoff here.
Watch this video from News 9, broadcast Aug. 14, 2011.