Man’s fatal fall from 5th-floor fire escape on Upper West Side suspicious: sources

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July 31, 2020 - 12:15 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A man was killed when he plummeted from a fifth-floor fire escape on the Upper West Side early Friday morning—and law enforcement sources tell 1010 WINS the man’s death appears to be suspicious.

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The 30-year-old man was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood behind 178 W. 81st St. shortly after 2 a.m., police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, but law enforcement sources said his death now appears to be suspicious.

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The building's superintendent, Bobby Mori, told 1010 WINS that security cameras show the victim entering his apartment with another man who didn't leave until after the incident.

"He came in last night, Thursday night, at 11:45 with an individual," Mori said. "At 1:40, you can see the video in the backyard where his body falls to the ground, crashes to the ground."

Mori said the man would use the fire escape from time to time to smoke, but it's not clear he was doing that at the time he plunged from the fire escape.

Meanwhile, residents in the building were remembering the victim Friday as a man who was active in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

“He seemed like a great guy to me. He was participating in the BLM protests,” one neighbor said. "The times that I had the pleasure of talking to him out here or whatever, he was an upbeat guy, you know great spirit, was about equality, was about the right thing."

The medical examiner will determine what killed him.