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Man dies in fall from Dallas crane after standoff

Police: Man falls 150 feet to his death from crane during 14-hour standoff with Dallas police By The Associated Press

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) ' Dallas police say a 44-year-old man fell 150 feet to his death as police tried to coax him down from a construction crane after a more than 14-hour standoff.

Police say Lee Dell Thomas Jr. died early Tuesday after slipping from the cab of the crane.

He scrambled up the crane at the Southern Methodist University campus around midday Monday and endured sweltering temperatures in the 90s all afternoon.

Around 1 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT officers climbed the crane, but Thomas had spread grease near the cab to deter their advances. He slipped from a window, clung on for a while, then fell to his death.

Police say Thomas may have been involved in a robbery Monday in which a vehicle was stolen.

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