A man impaled himself onto the spike of a gate while he tried to break into an apartment complex at Hancock Avenue in West Hollywood, on Tuesday morning.
Resident Dan Mryglot woke up to moaning sounds coming out of his bedroom a little past 6 a.m. A look outside of his window revealed a man who had jammed his leg into one of the spikes of the gate below his apartment leading to the side of his building which is located just a few buildings north of Santa Monica Boulevard, near the West Hollywood LGBT Rainbow district.
“He wasn’t screaming for help or anything, but he was more like moaning in pain,” he tells WEHO TIMES. “I couldn’t make out what he was saying. He look filthy, so I’d guess he was a homeless person. He was really drunk. The smell of alcohol went all the way up to my window. It looked like his arm was also stuck and he was unable to set himself free. I dialed 911.”
According to Mryglot, the man had climbed a much larger gate located toward the front of the building to get to the second gate where his leg become stuck and he was unable to break free. He said there was some blood, but not a lot which made it unclear how deep the spike pierced into his leg.
“His clothes were dirty and shredded, but he was clean shaven and his hair wasn’t overgrown,” added Mryglot. “You have to be pretty determined to get inside past the first gate, because it is not easy to climb. I’m not sure what his motive was in trying to get inside the building. Mail thieves have targeted our building in the past, but this was very early in the morning.”
Paramedics and LA County Fire Department first responders answered the emergency call promptly. A West Hollywood Sheriff’s deputy was also on the scene. They hoisted the man out of the gate and gave him medical attention. He was taken to a nearby hospital.