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Cops: Atlanta teen arrested after being stuck inside chimney for 10 hours

Ranaldo Jack
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(CBS/AP/WGCL) - Atlanta police say a teenager was arrested on burglary charges after being pulled from a chimney he was stuck in for more than 10 hours.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 17-year-old Ranaldo Jack was lifted from the chimney by a rope around 1:30 p.m. After freeing him, firefighters said that he had been stuck there since 3 a.m. Tuesday.

CBS station WGCL said neighbor Laura Chaparro heard someone yelling for help from her neighbor's chimney. "We were talking to him, 'What are you doing down there?' He just said, 'Ah, I'm stupid," she said.

Police Cpl. Jake Smith told the newspaper that after Jack was brought down the rescue ladder, the teen was charged with burglary and giving false information to a police officer. He allegedly lied about his name to a police officer at the scene.

The AJC said the owner of the home had no idea someone was stuck in her chimney until she came home to find TV crews there. "Police and everything around the house ... It looks like a tornado touched down," Tsehianesh Kidane told the station. She was not home when Jack got stuck in the chimney.

"Oh my God, that scares me to death," Kidane said. "Why did he figure out (to go) through the chimney?"

Jack was being held without bond Tuesday night in Gwinnett County Detention Center.

  • Crimesider Staff

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