Man Jumps to his Death at Powell and Market

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News

Published on February 17, 2010 with 53 Comments


An SFPD officer points to a 4th-floor loft apartment located at Market and Powell streets
from where a man dressed in blue shorts leapt to his death yesterday.
Photos by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

February 17, 2010

A man dressed in blue shorts committed suicide yesterday when he jumped from the top floor of a 4-story building above Forever 21 located at Powell and Market streets.

According to police, the man leapt to his death from a loft apartment at approximately 3:25 pm in full view of shoppers and tourists lined up to take the Powell Street cable car.

A specially trained police negotiator arrived on scene at approximately 3:15 pm but was unable to effectuate a rescue – the man had locked the door from the inside to the apartment.

Several witnesses said some bystanders were calling from the street to urge the man to jump.

“Some people in the back were yelling at him to jump,” said eyewitness Nick LaMonica. “They just said it once – it wasn’t like people were chanting it or anything.”

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus