Drunk, roofbound Aussie screams for help from Aspen rooftop

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

Guests at an East End condominium complex received a rude awakening early Wednesday morning when a half-naked man began screaming for help from the roof, police said.

A woman on the second floor of the Roaring Fork Chateau who called police at 5:47 a.m. said the man had been screaming for about 10 minutes, which “woke up pretty much the entire complex,” said Aspen police officer Seth DelGrasso, who responded.

When police arrived, they found a 34-year-old Australian man clad only in a swimsuit sitting in one of the units, DelGrasso said. The man said he’d been drinking and partying earlier with friends at a hot tub on the hotel’s ground floor.

“The next thing he knew he was up on the roof and didn’t know how he got there,” DelGrasso said.

Guests staying in a third floor condo unit allowed the man to climb down a roof-access ladder located in their closet, he said. It was unclear exactly how the man accessed the roof, though he may have climbed up an outside stairway.

“I don’t know how he got up there,” DelGrasso said. “He was definitely intoxicated.”

The man did not appear injured and probably wasn’t on the roof very long, he said. However, guests who helped him down said he had snow and ice stuck to his feet when he came inside, DelGrasso said.

The temperature in Aspen was 8 degrees at 6 a.m., according to the Accuweather website.

“It was cold,” DelGrasso said, adding that the man was very apologetic.

“He knew where he was but he didn’t know how he got there,” DelGrasso said. “He said, ‘We don’t have cold like this in Australia.’”