San Francisco Police Department Wait Out Robbery Suspect High Above City

Man took refuge amongst trees and atop a 200-foot cliff.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:24 AM PDT
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SFPD Lets Robbery Suspect Dangle High Above City

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A man wanted for allegedly being responsible for a series of condo robberies near San Francisco's famed Coit Tower is still waiting out police high above the City.

The unnamed man ran from officers from the San Francisco Police Department Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. and hid in trees and shrubs on Telegraph Hill near Lombard Street.

The man reportedly jumped fences and took refuge amongst the thick shrubbery hoping he would be able to evade officers atop a 200-foot cliff.

But more than 15 hours later, the officers are still waiting him out.

"If you look at the hillside, it's pretty treacherous," San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Pat Tobin said. "You don't really know that the brush is pretty thick there, and it's a sheer cliff coming down on several sides of that hill. We're not going to risk someone's life to go in after a burglary suspect right now."

Instead officers have set up a perimeter around the area and lit part of it up overnight to keep an eye on the man.

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