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Parachute Jumper Lands on Police Car

January 09, 2002|From Times Staff Reports

Like so many errant parachute jumps, the trip down was fine, but the landing ended badly.

About 2 a.m. Tuesday, police said, Robert Tompkins leaped from the roof of a 37-story building in the 1100 block of Wilshire Boulevard. His parachute opened on cue, and he floated gently down. But he landed on top of a police car.

Tompkins, 29, was promptly arrested and booked on suspicion of trespassing.

The police were there because Tompkins apparently tripped an alarm while on the roof.

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