Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

A queen man who parked in the branches of a tree for two days in an attempt to avoid police officers finally left his leafy perch thanks to a local activist preaching peace.

A seemingly emotionally disturbed Roody Thomas, 44, who was wanted in connection with an alleged assault, had slaughtered the unusual place outside the home he shares with his mother on 145th Avenue in Jamaica since 2pm on Wednesday, law enforcement sources say.

Roody Thomas, who spent over two days in a tree to avoid arrest for an alleged assault, was persuaded to come down thanks to local activists.
Roody Thomas, who spent over two days in a tree to avoid arrest for an alleged assault, was persuaded to come down thanks to local activists.Matthew McDermott for the NY Post

Police swarmed the tree and tried to persuade Thomas to return to Earth without success, prompting Erica Ford, co-founder of Life Camp in southeastern Queens, a violence prevention group, to try it.

Erica Ford, co-founder of Life Camp in Southeast Queens.
Erica Ford, co-founder of Life Camp in Southeast Queens.
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Erica Ford and Au Hogan from Life Camp in Queens were brought in to talk to Thomas.
Erica Ford and Au Hogan from Life Camp in Queens were brought in to talk to Thomas.
Matthew McDermott for the NY Post

Ford, along with his “head of streets” Au Hogan, asked police to pull out of the area so they could talk directly to Thomas.

“We told the police it’s not working and asked if we could negotiate with him,” Ford said. “There were about 100 officers out there. When we talk about reassessing public safety, that’s what we mean. We need to change how we handle some things. Bringing all this power and units forward does not work. ”

Ford, Hogan, a friend of Thomas from the neighborhood and a nurse who also lives nearby, spoke to him after Ford said many of the police moved out.

Thomas came down within five minutes after talking to community activists and other neighbors.
Thomas came down within five minutes after talking to community activists and other neighbors.
Matthew McDermott for the NY Post
Thomas is currently inside his home and is in the process of receiving social benefits.
Thomas is currently inside his home and is in the process of receiving social benefits.
Matthew McDermott

Thomas came down from the tree within five minutes, she said, and is now at home with friends and family as Life Camp seeks social services for him.

Thomas had peed in the wood and survived some food and glucose packaging that officers gave him on Thursday, according to police sources. At one point, he even ate leaves.

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