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Dead man hanging from high rise may be graffiti tagger

7:46 AM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Ca. -- There was a spray can and an etching tool found on the roof where a man was found hanging from a window-washing hook high above downtown Sacramento Monday morning, police said.

The dead man may possibly have been a graffiti "tagger", according to police Officer Michelle Gigante.

Police and firefighters were called to the building at 1201 K Street after employees in an adjacent building spotted the man hanging around 7:45 a.m.

Firefighters brought in a tactical rope team for a possible rescue, but quickly determined the man was dead.

Rescue workers were able to retrieve the man's body and determine his death had likely been accidental.

"The rope was clover-leafed around his body, it's a common knot that we use, and it tends to be self-cinching, the knot is, and with his body weight hanging on the rope, it looks like that might have been what tightened the rope up on him," said Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja.

According to Bentovoja, responders believed the man had anchored himself to a window-washer's hook on the 17th floor and then rappeled over the edge.

Investigators were examining evidence to determine why the man was rappeling in the first place.

The man appeared to be in his 30s. His name wasn't released pending notification of family.

In March police said Andrey Petkov a known tag artist was killed while attemtping to spray graffiti on the I-80 bridge near Winters when he fell.

"I don't know if we will ever get over this... it not worth to put your family through somethign like this," said Alla Petkov, the sister of Andrey.


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