2002-08-24 / Front Page

Brooklyn Man Jumps From Building

By Gary G. Toms

By Gary G. Toms

Last week, an emotionally distraught man jumped from the roof of a building, located at 71-15 Beach Channel Drive, after he bolted from police and ran up the building staircase.

The drama unfolded when the man, now identified as 27-year old Curtis Goddard of Brooklyn, went to the home of his former girlfriend, who was not identified, to discuss the possibility of reconciliation. After a confrontation with two friends of the woman inside the building, Goddard made his way to his former girlfriend’s apartment. He was able to gain access because he still had keys to the woman’s apartment.

Once inside, he pulled a gun and threatened to kill the mother of two unless they talked about getting back together. The woman agreed to talk, but only if Goddard put the gun down. Her children, from a previous relationship, were asleep in one of the bedrooms at the time of the incident.

When police arrived on the scene, Goddard attempted to escape through an apartment window and was subdued after a struggle with at least six police officers. Officers later confiscated various items from Goddard, including the gun and a razor blade.

Police sources reported that once Goddard appeared to be under control, he immediately jumped up, ran into the building staircase, and to the roof.

Police are still investigating the apparent suicide and how Goddard was able to escape from police while handcuffed.

One woman, who lives in the building and was an eyewitness, agreed to speak to The Wave if her name was not divulged.

"I saw everything, and I don’t understand how the young man was able to get away with so many officers around him. There were at least 10 officers in the hall near him, and they had him pressed against the wall. Something went wrong, and if they stayed close to him, he might still be alive."

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