Police reopened East Main Street in downtown Carrboro Wednesday morning after removing a man from the roof of the Hampton Inn.
Emergency crews took the man to UNC Hospitals for medical evaluation. Carrboro police Chief Walter Horton said the man is in his early 20s and was dealing with “some underlying issues.” The man is not a UNC student and is not being identified out of respect for the family, Horton said.
Police responded to a call about 3 p.m. Tuesday about a man on the roof’s ledge at the five-story brick hotel at 370 E. Main St. Three trained negotiators talked with the man, at times getting within 15 feet of him.
“When I left, he was no longer on the ledge, but I don’t know where he is at this point,” Carrboro Police Capt. Chris Atack told reporters at about 5:30 p.m. “He’s gone to the ledge several times and also gotten off the ledge.”
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The incident continued through the night, closing East Main Street from Roberson Street to Merritt Mill Road to vehicles and pedestrian traffic. Police kept the Libba Cotten Bikepath behind the hotel open.
Horton thanked businesses and residents for their patience while the surrounding streets were closed. It was necessary to ensure the public’s safety in case the man fell from the roof, he said. The traffic and emergency vehicles in the area also started to upset the man, he said.
The Chapel Hill Police Department and its crisis team, the Carrboro Fire Department, Orange County Emergency Services and the Cary Police Department also played vital roles in resolving the situation, he said. The Hickory Tavern and Hampton Inn provided officers with support, he said.
The hotel is located in the same East Main Street shopping center that houses the Cat’s Cradle night club and The ArtsCenter.