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Santa Monica Police Prevent Fifth Parking Structure Suicide
 

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September 30, 2019 -- Santa Monica Police on Sunday thwarted what would have been the fifth suicide from a Downtown parking structure in little more than a year, according to police.

In a tweet posted Sunday at 11:22 a.m., police asked the public to avoid the area around Parking Structure 3 near Arizona Avenue and 4th Steet where a distraught person was standing on the roof.

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At 11:45 a.m. police tweeted that the individual had been safely taken into custody.

"The Crisis Negotiations Team is on scene and made contact with a distraught individual," police wrote.

"The individual is now safe and in police custody."

Four individuals have taken their lives since September 5 of last year by leaping from the roofs of Downtown public parking structures.

The latest took place on August 24 when Brad Bolton, a 49-year-old former physical trainer, leaped to his death from the top of Structure 2 on 2nd Street just north of Arizona Avenue ("Personal Trainer Brad Bolton Remembered as an Inspirational Force," August 29, 2019).

On April 12, a man jumped to his death from the top floor of Parking Structure 7 at Santa Monica Place.

On December 1, a woman in her 60s committed suicide by jumping off the top of Structure 4 on 2nd Street just north of Arizona Avenue.

The series of suicides began September 5 when Gary Stewart, a longtime music industry executive, jumped from the roof of the same structure.

A search of the internet by the Lookout last month found few reports of suicides in California committed by leaping from parking structures.

After last month's suicide, the Lookout asked the City if anything can be done to prevent another from happenning, such as installing rooftop fencing or patrolling the structures.

City officials issued the following statement:

"The City of Santa Monica mourns the life lost by suicide at parking structure 2 this weekend. September 8 – 14 is National Suicide Prevention Week, a time to learn the signs and resources to help family, friends, and neighbors in crisis.

"Resources are available through the National Suicide Prevent Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

"Anyone who is experiencing thoughts of suicide should contact the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “Home” to 741741, for immediate assistance 24 hours a day."


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