May 29th, 2012
02:01 AM ET

Standoff drags on as man holed up in construction crane won't come down

A robbery suspect continued to occupy a construction crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University late Monday night, almost 12 hours after he climbed to the top of it, university officials told CNN.

"SMU and Dallas Police continue to monitor the situation," the university said in a statement. "If the situation continues through the night, SMU will provide instructions to employees in the buildings near the construction site early Tuesday morning."

The unidentified man, believed to be a suspect in a recent robbery, was spotted in the cab of the crane around 11:30 a.m., apparently trying to avoid arrest, local affiliates reported.

The crane was being used to build a future housing area near the football stadium, according to affiliate KTVT. The crane is also next to the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which is in the midst of construction.

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