City Times Staff
A man being sought by police for his alleged involvement in a fire alarm prank at Hi-Rise Manor on April 26 said he had “no idea” he was wanted for questioning.
A man identifying himself as “Jake” called the City Times office on Saturday afternoon claiming to be the individual seen in the surveillance photos. He asked for his photo to be removed from the story, saying he had no memory of pulling the fire alarm.
“I was intoxicated, but what I remember is hearing an alarm as I approached the building. I don’t remember fiddling with the alarm itself,” Jake said. He also said it was “the second time since January” he had consumed alcohol.
He said he approached the building because he heard the alarm while walking home from the downtown area, and was concerned because he knew someone who lived at the Hi-Rise.
“I would like to see the surveillance footage for myself, but I had no mal-intent of pulling that fire alarm. I’ve never had any urge to do so, and having this out on the Internet right now is highly frustrating, because I’m trying to figure this out,” he said. “If I did do it, then there are repercussions that I’m going to have to handle. But until then, I would like to have this stuff taken down until some answers are brought to attention.”
City Times staff attempted to verify Jake’s story. A message left for the detective investigating the case was not immediately returned.
The SPPD released the man’s photograph on April 30, along with the statement indicating they believe the man intentionally pulled the fire alarm at 3:11 AM on April 26. The news release also said the man stayed in the building after pulling the alarm to talk with evacuating residents and responding firefighters.
In the release, police described the man as white, in his 20’s, 5’11’’ and 200 pounds. He wore a plaid shirt and jeans. Police say he was seen eating a gyro and had likely just come from the downtown area.
The Hi-Rise is a downtown apartment building where elderly and disabled residents live.
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