A 46-year-old man, the founder of an investment firm, jumped from a rooftop bar in Times Square (NYC), considered the tourist mecca of the world, last night.
According to police sources, the victim plunged from “Bar 54” at the Hyatt Centric Times Square New York hotel in front of at least two witnesses around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the second suicide from there in less than four months. The man landed on the street below and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people at the bar told the NYPD that the unidentified man had jumped from the building. The case is being investigated as a suspected suicide, an NYPD spokesman said.
Sources told the New York Post that police were called to his home twice in 2008 over domestic disputes with his wife. One of the arguments was over finances. Court records show the couple had filed for divorce on Tuesday of this week. The man was a founder and partner in a Connecticut-based investment firm.
“We are truly heartbroken by the situation that occurred tonight outside our rooftop bar, and we are keeping the victim’s family and friends in our thoughts and hearts,” Tom Blundell, general manager of “Hyatt Centric Times Square,” said in a statement.
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“We are working closely with local authorities. The safety and well-being of all of our colleagues, hotel guests, and “Bar 54″ remains a priority and, at this time, as a result of this tragic incident, we will keep the door to the outside bar space locked at all times,” Blundell said through a spokesman.
This is the second time a person has fatally thrown themselves from the same hotel bar in less than four months. In October, aspiring model Elizabeth Gaglewski, a Queens resident, fell from there and hit a 27th-floor balcony. Staff tried to intervene and prevent the 26-year-old from falling while standing on the ledge, sources said.
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