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Man spends second night in tree in Brookville, Queens, still refusing to come down


BROOKVILLE, Queens (WABC) – The mother of a man who refuses to come down from a tree in Queens after allegedly threatening to kill her has now filed a lawsuit against him.

The complaint filed by Ireland Defailly, 65, indicates that she had an oral argument with her son, Roody Thomas, 44, at her home on 145th Street in the Brookville neighborhood at around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, during the argument, he told her “I am going to kill you”.

When the police arrived, Thomas climbed onto the roof of the house and then climbed into a tree, where he remains.

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The authorities, neighbors and friends have since negotiated with Thomas to get him down.

He shouted that he did not want to return to prison, claiming he had been abused behind bars.

In 2012, Thomas filed a complaint claiming that in 2008 he was assaulted by a captain and up to 10 other officers on Rikers Island.

The trial has gone through the court system and its final decision is unclear.

There is also an arrest warrant for Thomas after he allegedly assaulted his 50-year-old girlfriend.

Police said the two were in his white BMW in Laurelton on September 30 when they got into a fight.

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Police say Thomas was driving when he hit her in the face, causing pain and swelling in her chin or jaw.

“Don’t tell him he has arrest warrants,” said neighbor Shannon Warmington. “When he thinks he’s going to go to jail, and he’s thinking now, he doesn’t come down.”

“It’s something he does all the time,” said NYPD chaplain Dr. Reba Perry. “He goes up the tree. It is not unusual for him to be in the tree. He’s from Haiti. They climb trees.

Dr Perry, who is also a nurse, psychologist and happens to be his neighbor, was helping in negotiations to bring him down.

“Unfortunately, when you have a psychological program that is not claimed, you have to approach it differently,” she said. “He went down five times. It’s unstable. He hasn’t eaten since yesterday.

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