Man Rescued from Demolished Thomasville Building

By: WCTV Eyewitness News Email
By: WCTV Eyewitness News Email

Updated By: Emily Johnson
July 17, 2014 5PM

Thomasville, GA - At approximately 11:00AM rescue workers were able to get 26-year-old Walter Mintz out of the old Sunny Land Meat Packing building. Authorities told us a City of Thomasville Public Works employee spotted Mintz as they were mowing the grass at a near by cemetery.

"It took two and half hours to get this gentlemen off the roof of this building, because we wanted to be very careful. There is a lot of rubbish up there and this was a safety issue for him as well as for all the city employees," said LT. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department Spokesperson.

LT. Hampton told us Mintz was unarmed, but was verbal with authorities.

We were told by TPD that the owners of the old meat packing building were in the process of demolishing the building and authorities feared the building might collapse on Mintz..

"Thomasville Police Department, our investigators at the police department. The Thomasville Fire Rescue, Thomas County EMS as well as our Thomasville Public Works came to assist us," said LT. Hampton.

After rescuing Mintz they learned he was homeless and had taken shelter in the halfway demolished building. Authorities said Mintz was taken to Archbold Hospital for a mental and physical evaluation before they will determine if he will be charged with trespassing on private property.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 17, 2014

Authorities tell WCTV that a man was stuck inside of the old Sunnyland Meat Packing Company building at 600 Cassidy Rd. in Thomasville.

A cherry picker was used to rescue the man, Walter Mintz, at the location. Authorities said that Mr. Mintz was homeless. No one was harmed.

The building is currently in the process of being demolished by the owner of the property.

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