Man had made previous threats to jump from overpass

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe said he believed that the incidents likely happen when Sanchez stops taking his medication. Sanchez has threatened to jump from several freeway overpasses, an 11-story hotel in Monrovia, a 60-foot tree in Rosemead, an electrical pole in El Monte and a bridge in Pasadena, authorities said. He jumped two other times besides the time he broke his legs, but landed in airbags inflated by firefighters. Sanchez was being held for mental evaluation at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, authorities said. Dr. Tony Beliz of the county Department of Mental Health, who is not handling Sanchez’s care, said a person in Sanchez’s situation could be held for a three-day evaluation period and a doctor would decide whether to extend the period for an additional two weeks. Tuesday’s incident was reported about 6:20 p.m. on the Foothill (210) Freeway at Buena Vista Street, said California Highway Patrol Lt. Merritt Mielke. Sanchez cut through chain-link fencing on the Broadland Avenue overpass and pulled himself through, according to CHP Sgt. Kevin Porter. A sheriff’s crisis negotiator was summoned to the scene. Local fire departments also arrived at the scene and deployed air bags on the freeway beneath the pedestrian overpass in case the man decided to jump, Mielke said. Traffic in the area was held up for over two hours as the CHP had to shut down the freeway during the incident, said CHP Officer Edmund Zorilla. Beliz said that though a person could theoretically be hospitalized involuntarily for an “indefinite” period if he posed an “imminent danger to himself or others,” that it would be highly unusual for someone to be held for much more than two weeks. “It is unusual for most people to be held for even more than the initial three-day period because they want to get out of there,” said Beliz. “If they say they are no longer suicidal and will get treatment once they get out it (is) hard to legally argue they should be kept there.” Authorities said that the only criminal charges Sanchez could face would be trespassing, but that it was unlikely he would be charged. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DUARTE – A man who threatened to jump from a pedestrian overpass on Tuesday has done it before, officials said. Francisco Sanchez, 38, surrendered to sheriff’s deputies and fire officials and was taken into custody just before 8 p.m. Sanchez, who has two prosthetic legs from when he broke both ankles jumping from the overpass in 2003, has threatened to jump “four or five times,” according to Sgt. David Austin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He added that Sanchez has been in and out of mental hospitals. “We know when it’s him because we don’t have any other jumpers with prosthetic legs,” said Austin. last_img read more


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