2018-01-10 / Front Page

Queens Man Dies In New Years Day Suicide Jump

By Liz Goff

Horrified shoppers looked on in disbelief on New Year’s Day, as a 45-year-old Queens man jumped from a third-floor balcony at the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst.

Cops said Tobar Galo-Sanchez jumped from the mall’s third-floor promenade at about 8 p.m. on January 1st in an apparent suicide.

An EMS crew treated Galo-Sachez at the scene and transported him in critical condition to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he passed away several hours later.

This was not the first suicide or attempted suicide at the Elmhurst mall, police said.

A 55-year-old woman with a history of mental health issues jumped more than 60-feet to her death at the mall on April 8, 2009.

The Jamaica, Quieens woman was shopping at the mall with family members on the third-floor of the mall at about 3 p.m. on April 8, 2009 when she started mumbling to herself, police said. The woman removed her shoes and placed them on a nearby bench, then climbed over a wall near the escalators and plunged from a railing to the center court on the lower level of the mall. The woman landed on a Long Island teenager who was sitting on a massage chair in the center court, police said.

The 17-year-old Amityville, L.I. resident was talking with his girlfriend while reclining on a “Dollar Massage” chair when the woman landed on him. The teen was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where doctors closed a large gash on the back of his head and fitted him for a neck brace. He remained at the hospital where he drifted in and out of consciousness for several days, and later made a full recovery.

Devon Powell, 28, jumped to his death from a third-floor walkway near a Macy’s store at the mall at about 12:35 p.m. on February 27, 2013, police said.

Powell was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he died a short while later.

Mall workers told the Gazette, at the time, that Powell appeared despondent after losing his job at the mall. He was spotted pacing back and forth on the third level shortly before he jumped, according to the workers.

Workers said Powell was dressed all in black, in “some kind of uniform” and was listening to headphones as he paced across a common area on the third-level of the mall. He suddenly turned, ripped off his headphones and took off over the ledge, workers said. Powell was pronounced dead at the scene.

An off-duty NYPD officer was hailed a hero when he stopped a disturbed man who tried to commit suicide at the mall just days before Christmas 2015.

Off-duty Police Officer Christian Campoverde was shopping with his wife and young child at the mall at about 2 p.m. on December 20, 2015, when he spotted the man on an escalator, pushing and shoving people out of the way while muttering to himself.

The man raised his leg over a metal rail on the third-floor escalator, while saying he was going to kill himself, eyewitnesses said.

Campoverde, a16-year NYPD veteran, assigned to the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, jumped into action and grabbed the man, wrestled him to the ground and held him until officers at the NYPD Strategic Response Group arrived and helped subdue him.

The man, who had a history of mental health issues, was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation.

Police officials praised Campoverde’s actions saying his quick response may have saved an unknown number of people from serious injury.

Police are investigating to determine what led Galo-Sanchez to take his own life.










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