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Auburn police: Man climbs roof to avoid questioning for investigation

Update: Officers say the man is now in custody

AUBURN (WSYR-TV) - Auburn police say the man who climbed onto a roof for several hours to avoid questioning, is now in custody.

The commotion started just before 11 a.m. Sunday morning, when police responded to an attempted robbery report on Washington Street, near Orchard Street.

That's where they found a 75-year-old man with cuts on his hands. Police say it appears the man had been approached by the attempted robbery suspect at his home outside of Auburn and was asked for a ride because it was cold. 

During the trip, the man says the suspect pulled out a knife and demanded his wallet.

While police were questioning people on Orchard Street during the investigation, they noticed a man crawling out of an upstairs window, onto the roof of a home. He stayed there for nine hours, refusing to come down.

A detective says the man admitted he was on the run from his parole officer, who eventually identified 33-year-old Bradley Strange on the roof. 

Just before 8 p.m., police say Strange jumped and tried to get away, but was surrounded.

Strange is being charged with attempted robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. He's also facing charges in connection with his parole warrant. 

Police were unable to explain why he was on parole.

Anyone with tips about the case can call the Auburn Police Department at 315-253-3231.

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