The Napa Fire Department received an improbable call Tuesday morning. A man, who would turn out to be naked, was trapped inside a wall of a south Napa eatery.
The first anyone knew of his predicament was when maintenance workers outside the Togo's/Baskin-Robbins building heard someone shouting, "Help me, help me" at 8:15 a.m.
When a fire department rescue unit arrived, they learned that the man had fallen from the roof, down a shaft and was stuck in an empty space measuring not much more than a foot square, said Fire Department Battalion Chief Charlie Rhodes.
Firefighters smashed through an exterior wall to find Robert Turbidy, 48, curled up in a fetal position, naked, officials said.
"He was very relieved. He said he had been there for about eight hours," Rhodes said.
"This was a very unique situation," Rhodes added.
Rhodes said he didn't know the story of how a man came to be inside a closed restaurant, unable to extract himself. "I'm sure the Napa Police will be following up with this gentleman," he said.
Indeed, police did follow up.
Several hours later, police issued a news release, with photos, giving their version of the incident.
"Sometime early this morning while businesses were closed, 48-year-old Robert Turbidy found himself on the roof of the south Napa Togo's/Baskin-Robbins," the release began.
"He lowered himself into a crawl space using a makeshift rope that broke. Robert was stuck at the bottom of the crawl space and without access to the businesses," police said.
Rhodes said the man in the wall may have begun his descent wearing clothes. Some articles were found in the shaft. But when firefighters freed him, he wasn't wearing a stitch.
Turbidy was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.
And after that? He will be booked into the Napa County jail for burglary and violating the terms of his probation, police said.