Thomasville Times Enterprise


July 17, 2014

Man coaxed from roof

THOMASVILLE — The man threatening Thursday morning to jump from the top of a tall building on old Sunnyland property was coaxed down by police and transported to Archbold Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

A city employee was mowing grass at a cemetery near the old Cassidy Road Sunnyland property when he saw a man standing on rubble on top of a building being demolished.

“The man was yelling,” said police Lt. Maurice Holmes. “He was having a crisis episode, threatening to jump off the building.”

The Thomasville Fire/Rescue ladder truck was too large to navigate the tight, densely overgrown area. The man was rescued when he stepped into the bucket on a city boom truck.

Officer Heath Champion, who is trained in crisis intervention, and city Detective Scott Newberry braved a dilapidated roof and stairs and “shimmied” across a pipe to reach the man, Holmes explained.

Walter Stanley Mintz, 27, Villa North Apartments, was transported to Archbold for mental evaluation. Hospital medical personnel will determine if Mintz needs further treatment.

“His story is it’s his home. The man’s story was he was up there, and he wanted to jump,” Holmes said.

The officer said Mintz probably will go to a facility for a full evaluation.

The area where old buildings are being demolished is at the end of Dawson Circle, off North Dawson Street.

Officers encountered two snakes upon arrival at the scene. A city backhoe ran over a water moccasin. Seconds later, another large snake appeared from under a rock and immediately returned to its hiding place.

Building demolition has ceased temporarily. The area is littered with demolition debris that had to be crossed to reach Mintz.

“Had he jumped, he might not have been found for weeks, not until demolition resumes,” Holmes said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


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