Suspected thief leaps to death in J'lem

Suspect climbed on chair, telling police she wanted to smoke by the window.

police car 298.88 (photo credit: Channel 10)
police car 298.88
(photo credit: Channel 10)
A 20-year-old suspected thief killed herself Sunday by jumping out of the third-floor window of a Jerusalem police station, police said. The late-morning suicide took place after the female suspect, who has a criminal record, confessed to stealing a car radio earlier in the morning. After asking the police investigator who was questioning her if she could take a cigarette break, she climbed on a chair and jumped out the window, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben Ruby said. Despite the investigator's attempt to prevent her fall, the suspect lunged out of the window, mortally injuring herself. She died en route to the hospital. Police are considering affixing bars to the windows of interrogation rooms to prevent such incidents.