Man on roof first branches out then is taken into custody

LATEST: POLICE say the 29-year-old man who first escaped from Maroochydore Court House, then climbed onto a multi-storey building, then down a tree, is now in custody. 

It's understood charges over the incident are yet to be finalised however one of them may be escaping lawful custody. 



UPDATE 7.39PM: A 29-year-old man who escaped from Maroochydore Court earlier today has used a tree to get down from the roof of a multi-storey building where he had climbed to evade police. 

It's understood after climbing down from the tree the man began running across a courtyard in an effort to get away. 

The Department of Justice has confirmed the man was facing mutliple stealing, driving and drug charges. 

The incident follows on from a similar courtroom escape, also at Maroochydore, in April 16 this year. 

EARLIER: POLICE are negotiating with a man who escaped from the Maroochydore Magistrates Court this afternoon.

A police media spokesman said the 29-year-old man escaped custody in the courthouse today and had since been located at an address in First Avenue, Mooloolaba.

He said police were still currently negotiating with the man who refused to come down from the roof of an apartment block.

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