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Suspected tagger found dead, hanging 9 stories up on office tower

April 02, 2013|From a Times staff writer

A man whose body was found hanging from a downtown Sacramento building Monday, nine stories up, appears to be a tagger who was attempting the vandalize the property, authorities say.

The man had used rope to tie himself in a seated position like a rappeller, authorities said. The rope was tied off with a window washing anchor, and fire officials believe that that anchor could have held his weight. But they don't think he was a window washer.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the man had two pieces of rope looped around his body in a style used by rock climbers.

Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja told the Bee the Fire Department had no reason to believe the man's death was a suicide.

"It looks like accidental more than anything else," Bentovoja said.

According to Fox 40, a door was found propped open on the roof of the building at 12th and K Streets, suggesting the man was planning on going back down the stairs.

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