Police rescue woman with autism from southeast Fresno rooftop

The Fresno Police Department and Fresno Fire Department teamed up on Thursday to safely help a woman off a southeast Fresno rooftop.

Sgt. Eddie Barrios said the 22-year-old woman, who has severe autism and is known to be violent at times, was angry about not being able to attend a middle school because of her age. She was tearing off the roofing of a single-story home in the 2300 block of South Jackson Avenue when police arrived.

Barrios said officers and a mental health clinician were unable to communicate with the woman. The police then used the basket attached to a fire engine’s extendable ladder to reach the woman, who kicked and punched them as they carried her off the roof.

The woman was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for evaluation, and no officers were seriously injured.