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POLICE BEAT

Man jumps to his death

By Sarina Trangle
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1. Police said a 54-year-old man committed suicide by jumping off the sixth floor of 5434 Arlington Ave. at around 2 p.m. on Jan. 17.

Officers said they received a phone call from an “emotionally disturbed person” who said he swallowed six bottles of pills. The man, who police said had a history of bipolar disorder and lived in the building with his mother, told the dispatcher he would meet first responders in the lobby. 

When police arrived, the superintendent of the building met them and said a man was unconscious in the courtyard. Officers rushed the 54-year-old to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No note was left, authorities said.

2. Home invasion

Authorities said a 26-year-old man awoke to unfamiliar footsteps inside his 3920 Orloff Ave. apartment at about 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 16. In his home, he was confronted by a man yelling, “What do you got? Give me your jewelry.”

The 26-year-old told police the man threw him onto the floor, pointed a silver handgun at him and threatened to kill him. Both of the victim’s wrists sustained lacerations from the assault.

Police said they received a call from the 26-year-old shortly after the man left with a Sony laptop. 

Officers on patrol found someone who matched the suspect’s description, and arrested a 20-year-old man, 19-year-old man and 31-year-old woman in connection with the home invasion.

Police said all three were charged with robbery, burglary and grand larceny.

3. Mobil station robbed

A man with a knife robbed a 39-year-old gas station attendant at the Mobil station located at 5832 Broadway at 10:14 p.m. on Jan. 16, according to police.

The employee told officers he handed over an unknown amount of cash and saw the man run east on West 239th Street. 

The case remains open.

4. Apartment burglarized

A 50-year-old woman returned home at around 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 18 to find her 2723 Webb Ave. apartment ransacked, police said.

She reported that someone rifled through drawers in her bedroom and took three gold chains worth $600, three watches worth $1,000, three rings worth $900, and three pairs of earrings worth $300.

The case remains open.

5. GPS snatched 

Police said someone broke into a 1998 Ford Explorer used by Alcatel-Lucent, a telecommunications company, after it was parked near the corner of West 230th Street and Fairfield Avenue at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14.

The back window was smashed and a GPS, meter tester and battery tester were stolen, according to police.

The case remains open. 

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