Man who climbed WKMG Tower will not be charged

First responders were on scene for nearly 8 hours Wednesday

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Police Department said the 43-year-old man who climbed the 400-foot tower outside of the WKMG-TV Studios will not be charged.

TIMELINE: Man safe after climbing 400-foot WKMG Tower

Police said the man climbed down from the tower around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Investigators said he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Around 11 a.m. Wednesday News 6 traffic anchor Trooper Steve Montiero saw the man go into a secured area before climbing the tower.

Man spends 8 hours atop 400-foot WKMG-TV tower before climbing down

Just after 11 a.m. police arrived at the television station on John Young Parkway near Orange Blossom Trail and tried to talk communicate with him through a bullhorn to get him to climb down.

Around 3 p.m. two Orlando firefighters started to climb the tower in hopes of bringing him down.

As firefighters got closer, the 43-year-old started to climb higher.

He eventually reached the top of the 400-foot tower.

Over the next four hours the man made his way down.

Around 7:30 p.m., he made it safely to the ground and first responders escorted him to a nearby ambulance.
 

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