Mentally ill man trapped in theatre wall rescued

The man was said to have been found naked after rescuers cut through the theatre's walls to set him free.
Mentally ill man trapped in theatre wall rescued
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Firefighters in Syracuse, New York, have rescued an unidentified man who was trapped inside the walls of a theatre in the state.

At 07:30 local time (11:30 GMT) on Friday, firefighters were called upon after someone was heard banging on the wall and pleading for help.

It is believed the man got stuck inside the crawlspace for two days.

The man was said to have been found naked after rescuers cut through the theatre's walls to set him free.

In a statement on Facebook, the Syracuse fire department said it was unclear how he’d gained access to the crawlspace behind the wall.

Speaking to Syracuse.com, a local news outlet, Landmark Theatre director Mike Intaglietta said the man had been seen wandering around the building earlier in the week.

"Employees who saw him, couldn’t place his location and assumed he had left," Mr Intaglietta recalled.

“I don’t know if he was entering to keep warm or to use the bathroom. I don’t know,” he added.

John Kane, deputy chief of Syracuse fire department, told local US media that the man hid in a crawlspace for two days and became trapped after he fell inside the wall of the theatre’s male bathrooms.

Police said the man was suffering from a mental illness and would not be charged or identified.

He is however being treated at a local hospital.

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