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Man seriously hurt in leap from third floor of skid row building

July 31, 2011 | 10:17 am

A distraught man jumped from the third-floor fire escape of a skid row building shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

The man, who had been threatening to jump since 4:30 a.m., missed an inflatable mattress the fire department had placed on the ground to try to catch him, said LAPD Sgt. David Lopez.

"He was able to jump past it," Lopez said. An LAPD Crisis Negotiation Team had been trying to talk the man down for hours. Lopez said the man was distraught over personal issues.

The building, which is owned by the Jonah Project, a Christian nonprofit organization, serves the homeless of skid row with food, housing and programs.

The man was taken immediately to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. "It wasn't looking good," Lopez said. "It appeared to be critical."


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