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Police on the scene when woman threatens to jump

Woman threatens to jump from parking structure. Photo by Mitchell Gaddis.


At about 6 p.m. Friday, an 22-year-old unidentified woman threatened to jump off the self-park garage at 329 S. Franklin St.

For more than an hour, while police successfully worked to talk her out of jumping, the South Loop area near the Board of Trade building looked like a scene from NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” television show.

Police were tight lipped on details but said the woman was on the parking structure sometime after 6:45 p.m. and had been up there for about 45 minutes.

Many onlookers noticed the strong Chicago Police and Fire Department presence before knowing there was a woman standing on the edge of the parking facility.

Michelle Lloyd, 30, from Chicago, said she was on her way to an after-work-hours function at the Chicago Board of Trade, 147 W. Jackson Blvd.  She said, “I parked my car and walked outside, and it was police everywhere. I had no idea what was going on.”

David Mabane, a party promoter and Purdue University graduate student, said, “I saw police taping up the street. I thought somebody got shot.”

Police on the scene would not comment further.



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