Man Nearly Dies After Rappelling Down Huntington Parking Garage with Garden Hose and Falling

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – A man has received ‘significant’ injuries after falling from a parking garage in Huntington.

According to Huntington Police, at around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, a man was found laying on the ground on the 700 block of 3 1/2 alley with items laying around him.

Police say that the man, identified as Christopher Sowards, of Huntington, is believed to have a fractured skull and a broken back after a fall.

Police say they believe Sowards broke into two vehicles in the parking garage across from the civic center on 3rd Avenue, and took a garden hose to rappel down the third story of the parking garage. 

While attempting to rappel down the garage, he fell, and landed in the alley below.

Police say Sowards had 2 grams of marijuama and a bag of tools on him, as well as other items they believe he stole from the vehicles.

Sowards has been arrested for petit larceny, destruction of property, breaking and entering into a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. 

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