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Last Updated: Friday, 27 May, 2005, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Man climbs crane to evade capture
Carl Edward Roland on the crane
The suspect has been clinging to the crane since Wednesday
An American man suspected of murdering his ex-girlfriend has climbed a crane in Atlanta, Georgia, to avoid capture by police.

The 41-year-old Florida man has been on the crane since Wednesday, refusing offers of food and water and ignoring a plea for him to jump onto air bags.

The man's sister has been called to the scene, and crowds have packed nearby terraces to watch the drama unfold.

The crane is as high as an 18-storey building.

Traffic in the busy Buckhead area of Atlanta has been disrupted as police and fire crews continue their attempts to talk down the man, who has been identified as Carl Edward Roland.

"When he's ready to come down, he'll come down - one way or the other," Atlanta police spokesman Sergeant John Quigley told AP.

Florida death

Mr Roland is wanted by Florida police over the death of 36-year-old Jennifer Gonzales. Her body was found on Tuesday.

Atlanta police called Mr Roland's younger sister, Towana, who lives in the city, to the scene on Thursday.

Refused permission to climb the crane, she called out to him and tried to attract his attention by using a mirror to flash light into his eyes.

Fire crews have set up air bags on the roof of the building under construction in the hope Mr Roland will jump onto them, a fall of about 90 feet (27 metres).


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