People heading downtown this morning may have heard the sound of broken glass falling from the top floor of the former Jack Tarr motel, after a man began yelling, breaking his windows and throwing his belongings to the sidewalk below.

According to a parking garage attendant, the man, whom he described as “quiet and humble,” had lived at the motel for “quite a while.” The attendant said he heard the man yelling at around 5 this morning. Then, the attendant said, he broke the windows to his room.

The sidewalk below was littered with glass, clothing and shoes.

Several people live at the motel, which is across the street from CCB Plaza.

Corcoran Street is closed between Parrish and Chapel Hill streets while police investigate and downtown Ambassadors, who help clean the streets work at the scene.