A Maine man who authorities originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop was actually part of a stunt that had gone awry.
Ronald Podlaski told the Portland Press Herald on Monday he was trying to surprise a friend Saturday by sneaking up the fire escape and climbing in her apartment window. The 29-year-old Podlaski, an artist who uses the name RookSye, says he got the wrong building and ended up in the florist.
He says he fell from a third-floor window after realizing his mistake and tripping the alarm. He suffered minor injuries.
He says he'd been drinking beer and what he did was "foolish."
Authorities have decided not to charge him. But he plans to apologize to the florist.