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Man trapped for 2 days in grease vent at Chinese restaurant in San Lorenzo

SAN LORENZO (KRON) - Local authorities in Alameda County had to make quite the rescue Wednesday morning.

According to the Alameda County Sheriff, authorities responded to Chef Kwong, a Chinese restaurant that closed in Nov. in the area of Bockman Road and Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo around 9:30 a.m. 

At the scene, they located a possible burglar (trespasser) who had been trapped in the grease vent on the roof for two days, according to authorities. 

"When we first got in there and removed the grease covers above the stove, we could see a pair of high tops, his lower legs, and we could tell he was in a kneeling position. He was able to speak to us and just basically said he could not get out on his own, he was too weak, he had been there for two days," John Whiting with the Alameda County Fire Department said. 

Authorities believe the 29-year-old San Lorenzo man entered from the roof and then got stuck.

"We suspect he was possibly intent on committing a burglary, we can't confirm that at this time but we know that suspects do try to break into abandoned buildings to steal copper and wiring and try to recycle that material for money," Sergeant Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said.

When he was finally brought out, he was covered in grease.

Authorities say he was in the early stages of dehydration and had he not been found on Wednesday, he could have died.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he was cleaned up and rehydrated.

He is now facing vandalism and trespassing charges.



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