Man Responsible For Four Embarcadero Standoff Had Undergone Psych Eval After Similar Incident Last Week

A man who threw concrete and bricks at police while on a building’s ledge in San Francisco’s Financial District on Monday afternoon is the same person who stood atop a signpost for hours last week, police said today.

The man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation early this morning after the incident began around 3 p.m. Monday, according to police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy.

Police responded to a report of a shirtless man on the promenade at Four Embarcadero Center on Drumm Street. When the officers made contact with the man, who was wielding a knife, he immediately hopped onto the ledge of the building and threatened to jump, police said.

During a standoff, the man vandalized a large window on the building and also threw concrete chunks and bricks at officers below, according to police.

Police negotiators were eventually able to convince the man to come off the ledge and took him into custody at about 12:15 a.m., Shyy said.

The man, whose name is not immediately being released, is in his mid 20s and is a Bay Area resident.

Shyy said he is the same man that stood atop a “Do not enter” sign on Drumm Street between Clay and Sacramento streets starting around 10 a.m. Friday.

Police shut down the street until the man eventually came down around 2 p.m. During that incident he had also taken off his clothing.

Shyy said he had been taken to San Francisco General Hospital on Friday and was not arrested after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation.

He remained at San Francisco General Hospital for further mental evaluation this afternoon, Shyy said.

Upon his release he faces charges that include assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, trespassing and brandishing a knife, according to Shyy.

Sasha Lekach/Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

10:09 AM: A man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after going to the ledge of a San Francisco high-rise and throwing pieces of concrete and bricks at responding officers Monday, a police spokesman said today.

The incident began around 3 p.m. Monday when police responded to a report of a shirtless man on the promenade at Four Embarcadero Center on Drumm Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

When the officers made contact with the man, who was wielding a knife, he immediately hopped onto the ledge of the building and threatened to jump, police said.

During a standoff, the man vandalized a large window to the building and also threw concrete chunks and bricks at police officers below, according to police.

Police negotiators were eventually able to convince the man to come off the ledge and took him into custody at about 12:15 a.m., Shyy said.

The man, whose name is not immediately being released, is in his mid 20s and is a Bay Area resident, Shyy said.

He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and could face charges including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, trespassing and brandishing a knife once he is released, according to Shyy.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • culture_drone

    This is right next to where the guy climbed the lamppost and sang “amazing grace” naked” on Friday.

  • derpderp

    ah, the rotating door of outpatient mental-health. who wants to bet on a third incident after they release him from his 72hr hold? poor guy clearly needs a little more help than is being given.