COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A suspect who tried to avoid police by climbing a tree in Colorado Springs is under arrest.

The 30-year-old man stayed there about five hours but climbed down Sunday evening after police used tear gas and sprayed him with water.

Police in Alamosa say he’s wanted for assaulting the mother of his two children and trying to strangle her there in June.

Lane Malouff (credit: CBS)

Lane Malouff (credit: Colorado Springs Police)

During the standoff, officers didn’t know if he was armed and evacuated several nearby homes as a precaution.

Residents seemed more amused than alarmed though.

CBS4 partner KKTV reports that a crowd formed along the crime tape line, with many taking videos and photos of the spectacle.

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