Dramatic videos captured by local news agencies circulated on social media late on Wednesday night, showing the unidentified man as he climbed atop the Boyle Heights church and attempted to ignite a cross on its roof.
The individual then attempted to flee as officers arrived at the scene, leaping across at least three rooftops, and later grabbing onto a powerline and shimmying over the street below in an exceptionally dangerous getaway.
The suspect’s motives remain unclear, and it is unknown whether he suffers from any form of mental illness or psychosis.
CBS Los Angeles reported that the man was eventually taken into custody. The channel said that police used a helicopter with a spotlight to track down the suspect. The channel’s reporter at the scene suggested that an infrared camera was also used.
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