Manhattan Bridge, Manhattan- At around 7:30 a.m. today, there was a report of a male jumper on the bike path of the bridge near the Manhattan side. Personnel from the Emergency Service Unit (ESU), Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and officers from the 5th Precinct responded to the scene. Within an hour the man was safely taken into custody and treated by EMS.
The first officers on scene requested that Pike Street be closed between Cherry and Madison Streets. Police had spotted the man on a ledge of the bridge near Cherry St. and wanted officers at that location in case he jumped.
It is unclear whether the man voluntarily surrendered or was grabbed at an opportune moment by ESU members. Personnel engaged in conversation with him for only about 30 minutes before the situation was resolved.
Other negotiations between distressed persons and the ESU have known to go on for much longer. Earlier this month, it took the ESU and HNT over five hours to talk a young man down from the Verrazano Bridge.
Reporting, photos and video by Brendan Walsh (@brendanwalshnyc).