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Alleged Wills Eye vandal not charged

A man spotted throwing a trash can, other furniture out of the hospital’s windows was taken for a psychiatric evaluation.

Wills Eye Hospital in Center City.
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A MAN WHO WAS seen throwing a trash can and other furniture out of upper-floor windows of Wills Eye Hospital in Center City early Wednesday has not been charged, a police spokeswoman said yesterday.

Officer Christine O'Brien said that after the man was taken into custody Wednesday, he was taken to a mental-health center for a psychiatric evaluation. She did not know if he was still at the mental-health center yesterday or what his relationship was to Wills Eye, on Walnut Street near 9th.

It was about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a security officer at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, across from Wills Eye, saw a man throw a trash can out of a ninth-floor window of the eye hospital.

The security officer then saw the man throw other items out of other windows, all of which landed on the 800 block of Walnut Street, police have said. The man was then taken into custody without incident.

Philadelphia police, who also responded, noticed a pipe on the 14th floor had been broken, causing flooding to lower floors.

No injuries were reported.

Police on Wednesday said the alleged offender was 30 years old, but did not release his name.

Cathy Moss, manager of media relations at Wills Eye, said yesterday that the amount of the property damage is "being assessed."

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