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Would-be Jumper Blocks Downtown

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A city block was cordoned off late Monday afternoon when an unidentified man climbed to the roof of the 12-story city administration building at 1 Civic Plaza and threatened to end his life by jumping, according to police.

Police Officer Nelson Sanchez said the man appeared on the ledge of the south side of the building above Tijeras Avenue shortly before 5 p.m., and a police “crisis intervention technician” trained in crisis negotiation was able to talk the man to safety about an hour and 45 minutes later.

Sanchez said that during the negotiations the man said he had been having suicidal thoughts because he felt he had no friends or family.

Once the man was safe, police planned to see that he receives a mental health evaluation.

Sanchez said investigators were trying to figure out how the man got onto the roof of the building, which houses many city and Bernalillo County administrative offices.

The man’s identity was not immediately released by police.