Video shows man throwing beer cans between West Lafayette high-rises

The City of West Lafayette and police had not seen these videos until News 18 brought it to their attention. Now, they say it could change how high rises are built in the future.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 5:01 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2019 7:18 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Police are looking into what appears to be criminal activity on top of a West Lafayette high rise. 

Cameras were rolling as someone threw what appears to be full cans of beer about 70 feet between two new apartment complexes. It's now become viral on social media.

Three videos obtained by News 18 show the tosses from the rooftop pool of 'The Rise' to the rooftop of 'The Hub on Campus.' One beer hits the pool deck, another hits an awning and explodes, and the last lands in the pool.

The City of West Lafayette and police had not seen these videos until News 18 brought it to their attention. Now, they say it could change how high rises are built in the future. 

West Lafayette police were called to the area about 6:40 Saturday evening for a report of tossed cans. They didn't observe the throws, but Deputy Chief Dave VanVactor said those on the roof were warned of the dangers. 

Krockett Dehaai works in the area. He hadn't seen the video but can see why people are talking about it.

"It's kind of immature, I know that," said Dehaai. "But I think they're just kids having fun."

West Lafayette Building Commissioner Chad Spitznagle said you can't predict these things.

"While we look at everything in planning and development negotiations until you add that human aspect, it's hard to project what they're going to do," said Spitznagle. 

He said this was a criminal offense, not a building code violation. However, Spitznagle said the city will take note for coming high-rises.

"You keep a list of items in the back of your head to make the next one a little bit better and safer," said Spitznagle. "Location to each other, some separation distances, maybe even a taller fence. You can always maybe add a little bit more for some prevention."

News 18 learned 'The Rise' has since closed its pool. A letter to residents this week says they're reviewing security footage in order to send out fines due to misbehavior in the pool area. The letter shows that items dropped from rooftops or windows is a $1,000 fine the first time. A person could be evicted the second time. 

"I don't think it's that serious of an ordeal," said Dehaai. "They should definitely let them know that that's very unsafe and they can't be doing that."

News 18 reached out to building manager Keegan Malone and owner CA Ventures for comment. We have not heard back.

WLPD said charges could be filed if someone was hurt by the beer cans. Nothing has been reported.

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