Two Pasadena police officers managed to grab a 20-year-old woman as she tried to jump off the Colorado Boulevard bridge to commit suicide, authorities announced Sunday.
The attempted suicide took place about 11 a.m. Saturday, according to police.
Police received a 911 call from a Santa Clarita man about 10:10 a.m. who told them his daughter was depressed and suicidal and was talking about jumping off the Colorado Boulevard bridge, according to police. The man told officers she had left home early that morning and had not returned home yet. He also said he’d learned she made a purchase from a Starbucks in Pasadena and asked police to check the bridge for his daughter.
Officers Mary Baffigo and Armendariz went to the bridge and found the unidentified woman sitting on its outside ledgege. Baffigo and Armendariz talked to the woman for more than two hours to try and get her to come off the bridge.
At the end of two hours the victim was standing holding onto one of the bridge’s columns when she suddenly released her hold and began to fall off the ledge. The officers each grabbed hold of the woman’s arms and held on to her for two minutes until arriving Pasadena fire paramedics helped the officers pull the woman back on to the bridge to safety.
The woman was then taken to a hospital for treatment and a psychiatric evaluation, according to authorities.
— City News Service
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