He was in a wall — and in the buff.
A 39-year-old naked man was rescued from inside the walls of the historic Landmark Theatre in Syracuse on Friday, where he’d be trapped in nothing but a birthday suit for days, local officials said.
Theater workers called 911 around 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning after they reported hearing someone banging on the walls and yelling for help, according to the Syracuse Fire Department.
Firefighters drilled a hole in the theatre wall and used a fiber-optic camera “to determine his exact location and how to best extricate him,” the department said.
They drilled through several layers of drywall and structural clay tile before they were able to get a peak at the streaker, who is believed to have entered the theater two or three days before his rescue, officials said.
Mike Intaglietta, executive director of the theatre, told Syracuse.com that employees had spotted the man wandering around the theater earlier in the week before they lost track of him, believing that he had left.
“I don’t know if he was entering to keep warm or to use the bathroom. I don’t know,” Intaglietta said.
Syracuse Fire Deputy Chief John Kane said that the man had gotten into the crawlspace of the building where he hid for two days without being exposed before he fell into a space in the wall of the men’s bathroom and became trapped, Syracuse.com reported.
Kane said the man had no visible injuries when he was rescued, but was likely dehydrated after several days without bare essentials such as water.
The unidentified man was treated and transported to Upstate University hospital, where his condition is unknown. No criminal files have been charged against him.