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Man detained after climbing up radio tower in Woodstock

Sheriff’s deputies attempt to talk a man down from a radio tower at the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, Thursday afternoon. | Provided photo.

A 24-year-old man experiencing a mental health crisis was detained after trying to climb a radio tower at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock.

A McHenry County sheriff’s deputy observed a man scaling the fence to a McHenry County Emergency Management Agency radio tower around 12:44 p.m. Thursday.

Additional members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at 2200 North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock.

The deputies established contact with the man after a few minutes and were able to talk him into climbing down from the tower.

Sheriff’s deputies attempt to talk a man down from a radio tower at the McHenry County Government Center, 2200 North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, Thursday afternoon. | Provided photo.

Once the 24-year-old Harvard man got down to the ground, he attempted to run away from the deputies.

Deputies chased after the man and detained him. The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded to the scene.

Paramedics evaluated the man and transported him to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Woodstock.

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No charges have been filed as it is believed the man was suffering from a mental health crisis, the sheriff’s office said.


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