Man freed after being trapped in Denver restaurant wall

DENVER- A man police said was living in the ceiling above a 16th Street Mall restaurant fell, tripped a water main and then got stuck in a wall.

It's something Denver Police say they have never seen before.

Officers responded Tuesday night around 11 p.m. to the Yard House at 1555 Court Place for reports of a man who possibly fell through the ceiling.

Police and firefighters couldn't find him, but a short time later, they spotted him walking through scaffolding above the restaurant.

He disappeared from view and somehow managed to trip a water main, causing massive flooding in the restaurant and in the lobby of the nearby Sheraton Hotel, according to police.

Police were unable to find him again. After checking the ceiling area, they discovered the man had been living above the ceiling tiles of the restaurant for some time. Officers said they found multiple bottle caps from alcoholic beverages.

Around 2:30 a.m., officers heard moaning coming from an area near the front door of the restaurant. When they pulled back one of the booth chairs from the wall, they saw the man's feet.

"I have not seen a call like this ever," Cpl. James Ballinger with Denver Police told 9NEWS.

Police said he apparently had fallen about 20 feet from the scaffolding down to the flood behind the wall. The fire department had to cut him out of the wall.

"He was only wearing pants when we found him behind the wall," Ballinger said.

He was taken to Denver Health with unknown injuries. The suspect is facing charges for the damage done to the restaurant.

"I work downtown, so there's a lot of crazy stuff all the time, but this sends it over the edge," said Nicole Frisen who works downtown.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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