Drunk man may be behind uptown fallen glass incident

Drunk man may be behind uptown fallen glass incident

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 6:08 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe a drunk person trapped in one of Charlotte’s tallest buildings may be the reason glass from several stories up rained down on uptown Charlotte Sunday evening.

Security video shows a man police say looks intoxicated going from floor to floor, trying to find a way out of One Wells Fargo Center in uptown Charlotte Sunday night.

The video also shows the man taking a metal keypad off the wall and throwing it at the window on the 39th floor of the building.

“I heard a loud boom and then all of the glass just started raining down.  It sounded like a hailstorm but almost sharper and somebody yelled, ‘It’s glass, it’s glass’ and we all ran under the umbrella,” said Angela England.

It’s still unclear how the man got into the building.  Officials said the floor is empty.  Wells Fargo doesn’t own the building.

The shards of glass created scary moments for dozens of people, including mommy bloggers who had gathered for a convention.

”We were sitting outside and we heard a ‘boom’ and 20 seconds later it was raining glass,” said Heather McDonnell.

Childress Klein manages the building and a spokesman said they have round-the-clock security but are looking to see what could be done differently to prevent something like this in the future.

"We believe that we have an effective security program in place, but we are evaluating additional measures," said David Pitser, Childress Klein property manager.

“It’s scary, anyone who can get into a building like that, it makes you question how a property is ran (and) definitely brings up red flags," said Anthony Ruben.

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