Colorado Springs, CO – Man Takes To Tree To Avoid Police, Surrenders After 5 Hours

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. A fugitive caused quite the spectacle before finally surrendering to police.

He climbed a tree in east Colorado Springs and refused to come down for several hours.

Neighbors living on Lelaray Street, which is located near Union and Constitution, were forced to evacuate during the standoff. But that didn’t stop a crowd from forming outside the crime tape line, cellphones in hand, snapping photos and videos.

“It’s pretty crazy. He might as well give up; there’s really no other way to get out of this,” Tyrone Allen said while the suspect was still perched at the top of the tree.

Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department said one of their biggest concerns during the standoff was the suspect hurting himself.

“That’s why we’ve been out here for so long, just ensuring that he didn’t fall out of the tree. Time is always on our side when dealing with these types of situations.”

The suspect, identified Monday as 30-year-old Lane Malouff, was wanted on several warrants, including attempted murder. Black said Springs police received several tips Sunday on his whereabouts.

Black is still not sure why Malouff ended up in a tree.

“I don’t know. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

Officers used tear gas and a fire hose to spray water on the suspect, among other tactics, to convince him to come down. Black said the water may have been what finally broke him.

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