Naked Syracuse man rescued after being stuck in Landmark Theatre wall
He was in a wall — and in the buff.
A 39-year-old naked man was rescued from inside the walls of the historic Landmark Theatre in Syracuse on Friday, where he’d be trapped in nothing but a birthday suit for days, local officials said.
Theater workers called 911 on Friday morning at 7:30 AM after they heard someone banging on the walls and shouting for help. According to the Syracuse Fire Department.
Firefighters drilled a hole in the theatre wall and used a fiber-optic camera “to determine his exact location and how to best extricate him,” the department said.
They drilled through several layers of drywall and structural clay tile before they were able to get a peak at the streaker, who is believed to have entered the theater two or three days before his rescue, officials said.
According to Mike Intaglietta (executive director of the theatre), employees had seen the man walking around the theater earlier in week before losing track of him. They believed he had left.
“I don’t know if he was entering to keep warm or to use the bathroom. I don’t know,” Intaglietta said.
Syracuse Fire Deputy Chief John Kane said that the man had gotten into the crawlspace of the building where he hid for two days without being exposed before he fell into a space in the wall of the men’s bathroom and became trapped, Syracuse.com reported.
Kane stated that the man was not suffering from any visible injuries when he was saved, but that he was likely dehydrated having been without water for several days.
The unidentified man was taken to Upstate University hospital and treated. His condition is unknown. He has not been charged with any criminal offenses.