Man freed after being trapped in wall at 16th Street Mall restaurant

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A man living in the rafters above the Yard House restaurant had to be rescued after getting trapped in a wall space on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

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DENVER — A man illegally living in the rafters above a restaurant on the 16th Street Mall fell and got trapped in a wall space Tuesday night, the Denver Police Department said.

Officers responded to the Yard House (1555 Court Place) about 11 p.m. to a report of a man falling through the ceiling. Police say they found a man walking through the space where the water pipes are located, police said.

They lost sight of him, but he apparently slipped and fell, getting trapped in the wall space and causing one of the water pipes to break. The burst pipe caused significant flooding in the restaurant and in the lobby of the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

Police say the man had been living above the ceiling tiles of the restaurant for some time. About 2:30 a.m., police heard moans coming from an area near the front of the restaurant. They pulled back a booth chair and saw the man’s feet.

Police say the man fell about 20 feet and firefighters cut him out of the wall. The man was transported to Denver Health with unknown injuries. He is facing destruction of private property and trespassing charges.

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