15-Hour Standoff in Dallas Ends with Suspect Falling Off Crane

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0  Updated at 4:54 am, May 29th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A 15-hour standoff between police and a suspected armed robber in Dallas came to an end early Tuesday morning when the man, who was stationed in the cab of a construction crane, fell to his death.

The man is believed to have committed an armed robbery in downtown Dallas early Monday morning before climbing the tower on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Tactical officers tried to talk the man down.  Deputy Dallas Police Chief Randy Blankenbaker said SWAT team members were very close to reaching him.

“As the officers were attempting entry, they found that the entry deck to the crane had been covered with grease by the suspect,” Blankenbaker said.

But as authorities came within feet of the suspect, he climbed outside the cab, dangled for a few seconds and fell 150 feet to his death.

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