Manitowoc tower climber arrested on terror threat charge


MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) – A 43-year-old man who climbed a communications tower in Manitowoc has been arrested on charges of Terrorist Threats and Disorderly Conduct.

The man was taken into custody Monday after a doctor at a mental health facility dropped an emergency detention order. Manitowoc Police learned the man was being released and picked him up and took him to the Manitowoc County Jail.

The arrest stems from an incident that happened on Nov. 16. The Manitowoc man climbed the dispatch center’s radio communication’s tower on Hancock St. Police say he made threats that he had an Improvised Explosive Device that would “kill him and destroy the tower.”

While the man was on the tower, he threw beer cans and threatened to jump.

Crisis negotiators were called to convince him to climb down, which happened at about 2 in the morning.

Once down from the tower, the man was taken to a hospital for treatment for hypothermia. He was then transported to the mental health facility in Fond du Lac for evaluation.

If convicted of the felony Terrorist Threats charge, the man could be sentenced to a maximum of 3-and-a-half years in prison.