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BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- The 19-year-old demonstrator who has been perched in a tree on Bainbridge Island since Monday is now on the ground.

Chiara D'Angelo ended her tree sit Tuesday evening. A City of Bainbridge Island spokesperson says D'Angelo will not be charged with trespassing.

D'Angelo was determined to make a statement. Perched 70 feet above a wooded property on Bainbridge Island, she was protesting a planned shopping center, which would require clear- cutting more than 800 trees.

But she was also on private property and risking arrest.

Police were patient, asking her to come down and telling her they would not take her into custody.

On the ground supporters rallied, while high above D'Angelo tried to make up her mind.

Police cleared the area just after 6 p.m. and told D'Angelo she had until 7:30 p.m. to leave the property.

Just after 8:30 p.m., she came down.

"Those trees are beautiful but I didn't go up for those trees. I went up there for this community and what this community is destined to be," said D'Angelo.

The developer of the property says it is still moving ahead with plans to build the shopping center.

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