Emergency crews have apparently rescued a woman who was threatening to jump from a building at Essex and Canal streets. This is a photo from neighborhood resident Peter Rojas who reported the incident via his twitter feed. More to come…
UPDATED 1:10 p.m. A few more details. Rojas tweeted, “huge crowds were cheering and clapping when she was saved.” A reader posted on our Facebook wall, ‘”The NYPD did an awesome job.” A reader texted us more details: the woman was dangling from a ledge of 1 Essex (that’s the building on the northeast corner of Essex and Canal). Police grabbed her suddenly, apparently just in time. They had laid out an inflatable landing pad on the street below.
UPDATED 1:40 p.m. More from the Village Voice:
The young woman was in her 20s, Detective Madelyn McTague told us at the scene. McTague and Brian Glacken of the Emergency Service Unit were the ones to bring her down from the ledge after 45 minutes of talking and asking her to come down willingly; they eventually had to grab her and take her down themselves. Glacken said she was initially standing and even though he and McTague were able to get her to sit down she was “getting very emotional” and inching forward. “She just had a series of bad things happen to her,” McTague said. “She was sad.” The woman, who McTague described as “very sweet,” was then brought to a hospital, but McTague could not identify which one.