A Florida man was arrested after he was rescued by Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies, having climbed onto the roof of a DeLand food mart.
31-year-old Michael Monacelli allegedly tried to access the closed establishment from the roof, claiming he was thirsty and wanted water.
First on the scene, VCSO Deputy Royce James called out the the man, who -according to the store owner- claimed he was trapped and dying.
“Yo, are you up there?” James called out. “Hey, sheriff’s office. Can you look over the ledge? Hello?”
Eventually, fire crews rescued him and gave him some water before deputies put him in cuffs.
“I was gonna pay,” Monacelli said.
“It was closed,” James said. “How are you gonna pay when it’s closed?”
“I didn’t know, I’ve never been here to this store before,” Monacelli said.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Monacelli maintains that he is innocent.
“I’m an honest man, you know what I’m saying? That’s what I told ‘em. I don’t wanna do that. I didn’t even try to do that, it just happened, man,” Monacelli said as he was stuffed into the cruiser. “You know what I’m saying?”
“I do not, actually,” James said. Then he shut the cruiser’s door.
The trespasser was charged with attempted burglary of an unoccupied structure and criminal mischief.
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