Art Institute Student Hits the Roof, Literally

Teen jumped from fountain to roof

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Mar 5, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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A 19-year-old man was taken into custody from the roof of the School of the Art Institute this morning, according to Chicago police.

At about 8:43 a.m., police responded to a disturbance call of a man who was on top of a sculptural fountain next to the Art Institute at 230 S. Columbus Drive, reports the Southtown Star.

When police arrived to the scene, the AI student conjured up his best Spider-Man moves and made an 8-foot leap down from the fountain to the roof of a low-rise building that is part of the Institute.

By 9 a.m., fire and police officials were able to gain access to the roof and assist the man down "without incident," school spokesperson Elysia Borowy-Reeder told Chicago Breaking News.

Instead of facing criminal charges, the student will undergo a psychological evaluation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said Officer John Mirabelli.

Guess he's just crazy about art.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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