People walking in DTLA were shocked after a man with a meat cleaver climbed a tree near Flower Street and 7th Street

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) – People strolling through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon were shocked to find a man hiding in a tree holding a meat cleaver.

It happened around 3 p.m. near 7th Street and Flower Street when police received calls from a man climbing a tree near a store.

According to police, the man, described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s, carried a meat cleaver, chopped tree branches and reportedly startled passers-by.

After almost four hours, the man finally climbed down and was taken into custody.

Police told Eyewitness News that he was taken for a psychiatric evaluation and overdose check.

Police say the man posed no threat to anyone.

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