Montrose Avenue was blocked near the North Branch of the Chicago River for about three hours Monday afternoon as authorities negotiated with a man threatening to jump in the river.
The man was on the bridge in the 2700 block of West Montrose about 2 p.m., after apparently pulling a fire alarm at Kindred Hospital, 2544 W. Montrose, about 12:15 p.m. and jumping out a second-floor window, said Meg Ahlheim, a Fire Department spokeswoman. The man was taken off the bridge about 3:15 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.
The man ran west from the hospital and got on the bridge, then hopped over the barrier on the bridge, and threatened to jump when people approached him, yelling "Everyone get back!" at those who came near, authorities said.
The Fire Department called a full water response, bringing divers and a boat to the scene, as police officers and staff from Kindred tried to bring the man off the bridge, Ahlheim said.
The man was taken into custody shortly after 3:30 p.m., police said.
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