Troubled tree-hugger quits days-long standoff with cops in Queens

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A Tarzan-wannabe in Queens who spent more than two days jumping back and forth between a tree and his home in a standoff with police was being evaluated at a hospital on Saturday, law enforcement sources said.

Roody Thomas, 44, climbed down with the help of a mental health volunteer who helped police negotiators coax him out of the branches, cops said.

The volunteer, Erica Ford, who founded the mental health group Life Camp, drove Thomas to an area hospital for a psychological evaluation, the sources said.

The standoff began when cops were called to the two-story Springfield Gardens home on 145th Ave. near 225th St. about 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday after Thomas argued with his family and threatened his mother, authorities said.

Thomas also was also wanted for allegedly punching his 50-year-old girlfriend on Sept. 30 as the two sat in a car on Merrick Blvd. near 225th St., they said.

When cops arrived, Thomas jumped from the roof of the house, which belongs to his mother, onto a thick branch of the 30-foot tree outside, officials said.

Cops blocked off traffic as authorities and neighbors tried to coax him down offering beer and rum as an incentive. Power lines near the tree made any approach perilous, sources said.

“Now the world is watching!” Thomas screamed at one point.

As the standoff stretched on, police decided to use kid gloves. “We’re handling an unstable situation with an abundance of caution,” a law enforcement source said.

Thomas has six prior arrests on charges of assault, criminal mischief, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and New Jersey authorities arrested him on a fraud charge in July 2018, law enforcement sources said.

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