Naked Alabama man tells police he's making tree 'his home' after climbing 40 feet up

Michael Howard Long was charged with public lewdness and disorderly conduct.

Evan Bleier

When police and fire crews arrived at an Alabama home to rescue a wild creature from a tree, it didn’t turn out to be a cat.

During an incident that police called “drug-related,” 40-year-old Michael Howard Long of Arab, Ala., climbed a tree at his home early Saturday morning while nude.


Long was about 40 feet up in the tree when police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene. Responders were surprised with his reason.

"Basically, all he would tell the officers was he was cleaning the tree up and was going to make it his home," assistant police chief Shane Washburn told WAFF.

After more than an hour of negotiating, Long finally agreed to come down and safely rode to the ground in a bucket truck.

Long was charged with public lewdness and disorderly conduct and taken to Arab City Jail. He pleaded guilty to the public lewdness charge in municipal court on Monday and the disorderly conduct charge was dismissed.


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