SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 1, 2013)--A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story high-rise in Sacramento, Calif., appears to have been a graffiti tagger, authorities said.
Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja says the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation after he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building.
A police department dispatch supervisor said Monday afternoon that investigators found a can of spray paint and a tool for etching glass on the part of a balcony where the ropes were anchored.
Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Monday.
Rescue personnel retrieved the body shortly after 9 a.m.
The coroner's office is not releasing the man's identity pending notification of relatives.