To prevent a man being investigated for financial fraud from jumping out of a 31st-floor window, a police officer rappelled down a Manhattan tower.
Federal investigators went to the man’s apartment near Carnegie Hall on Wednesday morning and made the risky arrest after taking him into custody.
The man allegedly threatened to leap off the ledge and shatter a window rather than surrender.
According to NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey, “Another agency wanted him, and instead of going peacefully to that agency, he thought of taking his own life.”
Police officials pleaded with the man to turn himself in as he dangled one leg out the window.
Detective James Tobin of the Emergency Service Unit broke into the man’s flat after an eight-hour siege by rappelling down from one story up.
In the episode’s videos, Tobin can be seen kicking the man back inside the flat as police seize him.
A hospital was visited to assess the individual. What accusations he was up against were unclear. On Thursday, inquiries were made to the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office.
According to Maddrey, Tobin and the other members of the elite ESU unit “showed patience, care, and commitment” throughout the standoff.
The officers “decided that nothing was going to happen to that man today,” he claimed the officers.
“Another example of your NYPD working alongside our partners, putting their lives on the line every day in furtherance of public safety and the city,” said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell of the operation.
Emergency Service Unit Detectives and fellow Finest risked everything to save the life of a suicidal man today hundreds of feet above NYC streets. These men and women in blue are some of the most highly-skilled first responders in the world — and the DEA is proud to represent… pic.twitter.com/hLjFW1U2iU
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) March 23, 2023