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A burglary suspect who has been involved in a police standoff since Tuesday evening remains hidden in some bushes on a cliff in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.The standoff began after a home burglary was reported around 6:30 p.m. on Lombard Street just north of Coit Tower, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Officers responded and saw the suspect jump a fence. They gave chase as he headed toward a cliff that goes down to Chestnut Street, Esparza said. Instead of chasing the suspect over the cliff, which contains thick shrubbery and a treacherous drop to the street below, officers set up a perimeter and are waiting him out, Esparza said. U.S. Park Police and a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew responded to assist in the search, while San Francisco firefighters brought floodlights and a tall ladder to try to reach the suspect to talk to him, according to Esparza.
Hostage negotiators with the Police Department were able to contact the suspect at some point during the evening and tried to get him to come out, but he was unwilling, Esparza said. As of 9 a.m., he was still on the cliff. He is described only as a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Esparza said. Police do not believe he is hurt.
Hostage negotiators plan to return to the site later today to try again to convince the suspect to come out, Esparza said. Jon Golinger, president of the neighborhood group Telegraph Hill Dwellers, said he has heard of seven or eight residential burglaries in the neighborhood in the past few months, including some that have occurred while the residents were home.”I don’t know if it’s the same burglar, but if it is, he’s been
very bold,” Golinger said.
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