NYPD scales building to end standoff with attempted jumper
After an approximately 8 hour hiatus, a suspected cheater and attempted skyscraper jumper was snatched from his post on the ledge of a shattered 31st floor window.
Ian Mitchell was eventually overpowered after an NYPD Emergency Service Unit officer roped down the outside of the 72-story CitySpire building and climbed into the suicidal man’s condo.
Dramatic video shows the clandestine official who climbs down a rope from the apartment above Mitchell’s house on the 31st floor.
Another ESU police officer held the rope as the dismounting officer scaled the building and jumped through the already broken window, leaving Mitchell dangling over the ledge all day.
A team of hostage operators and officers from the NYPD and FBI were stationed in the hallway just outside Mitchell’s front door and had spoken to him in the hours leading up to the NYPD’s breakthrough.
Mitchell was led out of the building covered in a white sheet. He was placed in an ambulance and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Police sources said Mitchell threatened to jump out of the skyscraper around 8:40 a.m. when the FBI was trying to serve an “economic crime” warrant, but didn’t elaborate.
Mitchell allegedly once posed as the scion of a wealthy Jamaican family to lure investors into forking hundreds of thousands of dollars for his own personal gain, authorities told The Post in 2019.
Posing as investment banker “Ian Matalon,” a relative of wealthy Jamaican businessman Joseph Matalon, he tricked at least three victims into investing in a fake hedge fund, police officers claimed.
The crook allegedly stole half the life savings of an Air Force veteran and more than $158,000 from a businessman.
The Manhattan Attorney’s office on Wednesday afternoon investigated the status of the investment fraud cases.
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