UPDATE: Man threatens to jump off Fifth and Walnut parking garage

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 5:49 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 30, 2011

Editor's note: Police released the name of the man in this case. We published the name without properly discussing it. Upon further review, we've decided to remove it.

COLUMBIA — Police say a man threatened to jump from the top floor of the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets on Wednesday night.

A 30-year-old man was taken to University Hospital after officers spoke with him, said police spokeswoman Jill Wieneke. She said he climbed back over the railing on his own.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a woman who knew the man walked into the lobby of the Columbia Police Department and told front desk personnel that he was going to the top of the garage with the intent to jump, Wieneke said.

Wieneke said Officer Chris Papineau began talking with him while he was standing on the unsafe side of the garage ledge. The man was holding onto the railing that lines the top floor of the garage.

Wieneke said Papineau talked with the man for about 15 minutes. In that time, she said, the man moved to sit on the railing with his legs dangling over the parking surface but then stepped over the railing a second time. He then repositioned himself on the safe side of the ledge. 

Wieneke said that while Papineau talked with the man, Sgt. Don Hawkins and Sgt. Bruce Houston positioned themselves so they could prevent him from stepping over the railing a third time.

Wieneke said there are no plans to charge the man with any criminal activity.

On May 6, a woman died after falling from the same garage.

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Paul Allaire July 1, 2011 | 1:44 p.m.

This is an obvious indicator of how atrocious the general public finds the appearance of the building to be.

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Travis Johnson July 1, 2011 | 6:18 p.m.

Hopefully the city council will look at this and see if there are any railings that can be put up to protect our citizens.

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