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Man won't descend tall Seattle tree, despite police coaxing

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite hours of police coaxing, a man remained near the top of an 80-foot tall sequoia tree in downtown Seattle early Wednesday, refusing to come down.

Authorities were alerted to an unidentified man in the tree around 11 a.m. Tuesday and he was still clinging to its branches at 2:30 a.m. PDT Wednesday, more than 15 hours later.

He scrambled down toward the bottom just before 9 p.m. but soon made his way back up, snapping branches along the way.

Seattle police say when authorities arrived at the base of the lofty conifer next to Macy's department store, the man refused to speak with them and threw an apple at medics.

By Tuesday afternoon, police said traffic was being tied up as officials closed nearby roads as a precaution.

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