Assault Suspect Climbs Up Building on Embarcadero, Halts Traffic (Update)

Update 4:10 p.m.: The suspect finally came down from the scaffolding and was taken away in handcuffs by an ambulance. At this point, traffic is still stopped.

Update 3:35 p.m.: The suspect has been negotiating with officers, who have backed off a little. The man has climbed inside the scaffolding where he's taken a seat for now.

Original story 2:08 p.m.: Northbound traffic along the Embarcadero has stopped while officers try to cajole an assault suspect from the fifth story of a building under construction near the America's Cup building.

According to Officer Albie Esparza, about 1:25 p.m. the suspect allegedly hit and kicked two people with his skateboard before climbing three stories up the scaffolding on a building at Chestnut Street and the Embarcadero.

SF Weekly intern Coburn Palmer is at the scene and tells us the man refuses to come down and is demanding a lawyer.

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Coburn Palmer
He's telling cops to let him die

Traffic on the Embarcadero from Lombard to Battery has stopped as "numerous officers" try to figure out how to get the man down.

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@40goingon28 thanks. It was quite a mess. Almost got hit by 3-4 impatient drivers trying to make a getaway in the bike lane

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