Yesterday, a man threatening to jump from buildings in Borough Park was taken into custody after a three-hour stand-off with the police. The police used an air bag to buffer his fall as he moved from buildings to trees and even power lines.

Photographer Rafael Lopez Jr. tells us, "He was on some power lines when I got there and after the police inflated the air bags he moved over to the adjacent building by scaling the front window sills and security gates and even walking onto [another] store's awnings." Lopez adds, "He kept screaming for cigarettes and water. At one point he screamed for a helicopter" and even mooned media at the scene.

The Post reports, "His girlfriend, who ran to the BP station to call police, said he barged into her apartment and stole her cellphone, witnesses said." Onlookers also told Lopez that the man had numerous run-in's with the police, over issues with his girlfriend. The police apparently knew him by name, and the man was able to evade them because he was already familiar with their procedures.

The man was apprehended at 60th Street and 11th Avenue, on the awning of one of the buildings.

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