SANTA CLARA -- A man trying a daring hotel-rooftop escape from police last week got stuck in a tree and needed rescue from the same authorities he was trying to elude, according to Santa Clara police.

He still might rank second on who had the more embarrassing Thursday morning: His female companion was caught after starting on the same dash while stark naked.

Officers went to the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara on Great America Parkway, across from Levi's Stadium, about 8:40 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant to a woman on parole. When they announced their presence at the woman's hotel room, she and a man in the room fled through a back window and onto a third-floor roof, police said.

The man jumped off the roof's edge and onto an adjacent tree, but that's where his path ended. Police called the Santa Clara Fire Department, which brought a ladder. The man climbed down and was arrested.

Meanwhile, the woman, who police said was not wearing anything, thought better about making the same leap and surrendered, police said.

A search of their hotel room and vehicle turned up a host of stolen items, including credit cards, jewelry, cellphones and other electronics, as well as drugs and accompanying paraphernalia, and burglary tools, police said.

The male suspect was also wanted on a $50,000 felony arrest warrant in Redwood City.


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Police brought the two to headquarters, where they were interrogated not just by local detectives but by investigators from four other Bay Area police agencies who were looking into area burglaries. Additional details about the suspects were not immediately available.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.