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UPDATE | No arrest, no charges as protester comes down from lofty perch
Chiara D’Angelo ended her protest against a new shopping center on Bainbridge Island from atop a Douglas fir tree Tuesday night and came down from the 70-foot-high perch that had been her home for two days.
D'Angelo's decision was greeted with a rousing chorus of cheers from fellow opponents of the proposed shopping center on High School Road just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
D'Angelo, a 19-year-old college student, was facing a Tuesday evening deadline of coming down or facing arrest for trespassing on the site of the development project.
Bainbridge officials said she would not be charged.
"We're very happy this was able to be resolved without an arrest," said Kellie Stickney, spokeswoman for the city of Bainbridge Island.
D’Angelo climbed the Douglas fir early Monday morning and has been living on a plywood platform roped to the tree and draped with protest banners since then.
She ignored an earlier deadline set for Monday afternoon to come down.
On Tuesday, protesters against the shopping center — approved by the city's hearing examiner in late March — continued to gather at the 8.14-acre property where the new development is planned.
D'Angelo was offered a deal by city officials Tuesday, who said if she came down by 7:30 p.m., she would not face trespassing charges.
Police cleared all but five of D'Angelo's supporters from the area by the tree where she was protesting at about 6:30 p.m.
Just after 7:30 p.m., D'Angelo started sending down her supplies and gear from the raised platform.
She has yet to be seen by the crowd waiting near High School Road. Police were keeping reporters and others away from the tree where D'Angelo has been protesting.
"She's coming down slowly because of her safety," said Bainbridge Police Officer Gary Koon.