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San Diego man in custody after threat to jump off roller coaster

A man in Mission Beach, San Diego jumped a fence and climbed to the top of a rollercoaster at Belmont Park on Sunday afternoon.

A crowd of one hundred gathered to watch the man, who has not been named, as he ascended the Giant Dipper, a 70ft tall rollercoaster in the amusement park, at around 1.30pm local time.

The rollercoaster was closed at the time due to Covid-19. 

TMZ report that the man, who claimed to be 21 years old, was acting erratically; pacing back and forth while screaming and making a number of threats. 

A man climbed to the top of a roller coaster in San Diego and threatened to jump off

The Giant Dipper roller coaster at Belmont Park reaches heights as high as 70 feet in the air

The incident occurred at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, San Diego on Sunday afternoon

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and San Diego Police Department both responded to the scene, with police negotiators working to safely remove the man from the roller coaster throughout the day.

The incident resulted in the shuttering of Mission Boulevard's southbound traffic between Ventura Place and San Fernando Place. 

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, officers were finally able to take him into custody at 9.20pm local time, almost eight hours after the crisis began.

Spectators watched on the ground as the incident unfolded over the course of the day

After almost eight hours, police were finally able to bring the unidentified man into custody

It wasn't immediately clear whether the man came down on his own volition or was forcibly taken down by the police or fire department.

Belmont Park opened in the summer of 1925 and has attracted millions of visitors each year, though its rides aren't currently open to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Giant Dipper reaches as high as 70 feet in the air and is designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark. 

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