Man in critical condition after fall from downtown apartment building

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A man was airlifted to a Seattle hospital on Wednesday in critical condition after falling 30 feet from a downtown building, Juneau Police said.

The man suffered a broken pelvis and a displaced hip and remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police were not releasing the man's name pending notification of his next of kin, said Capt. Tom Porter. The man also carried conflicting identification, Porter said.

A resident living on the fourth floor of a downtown apartment building called police at about 1:10 a.m. to report the man was climbing outside her window, police said.

By the time police arrived, the man was climbing on a drain pipe outside an Elks Lodge located next door, police said.

Police were unable to get to where the man had climbed and before the fire department arrived with a ladder, the drain pipe broke and the man fell, police said.

Porter said the man has not been charged, but the case is still under investigation. Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor, he said.

Russ Bushmill, manager of the Gastineau Apartments, said he did not recognize the man as a resident of the building.

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