Chartwells Employee Atop Garland Garage For Hours, UAPD Officers Say [UPDATE]
By Jack Suntrup and Mattie Quinn
After more than seven hours, the UA Chartwells employee came down from atop the ledge of the Garland Avenue parking garage, UAPD officials said.
A UA Chartwells employee, named Jack, was sitting atop the ledge of the Garland Ave. parking garage between the University Bookstore and TCBY ice cream shop Wednesday night, UAPD officials said.
At nearly 8 p.m., Jack was still atop the garage and had not spoken with authorities.
UAPD got the call at 4:42 p.m. after bookstore employees saw him sitting on the ledge, said UAPD Lt. Gary Crain, spokesperson for UAPD.
“We’ve got negotiators up there trying to get him to talk,” Crain said.
There was no identification available for the individual wearing a Razorback polo shirt and khaki pants, except that he was a Chartwells employee, because of his refusal, Crain said.
Crain said that authorities are “pretty sure” the individual is not a student.
Paramedics, UAPD, the Fayetteville Police, representatives from the Pat Walker Health Center and CAPS are all present, Crain said.
“We’ve got about everyone you can think of,” he said.
Dozens of students gathered around the scene by the garage. More crammed into the Quads computer lab before staff shut the blinds and told students to leave.
At approximately 12:06 a.m., Jack was finally able to be coaxed down from the parking garage, from about 60 feet up in the air..
“This is the best possible end for this situaiton,” said Lt. Gary Crain for the UAPD. “We are now just focused on getting him to the hospital, and to get him help.”
Crain would not comment on whether or not they would press charges against Jack.