Police: Man Jumps To His Death Inside Palisades Center

Security video shows 23-year-old from Spring Valley going over railing on fourth floor on Wednesday morning

A man has jumped to his death in an apparent suicide inside the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, according to Clarkstown Police.

The body of a 23-year-old Spring Valley resident was discovered shortly before 6 a.m., according to Sgt. Harry Baumann. However, Baumann said a review of mall security video shows the man apparently jumped just after 4 a.m.

The man climbed over a railing and jumped down an opening, landing on the first floor of the mall in the vicinity of the Best Buy store. Baumann said the incident took place on the west side of the mall, where the Target department store is located.

Baumann said it does not appear that anyone else was involved in the man's death, and that no one else was injured.

Baumann said it was still uncertain why the man was at the mall at 4 a.m. Although stores and restaurants were closed, Baumann noted that entrances are open overnight and there are workers there for a variety of reasons.

Police said it does not appear the Spring Valley man worked at the mall or had any special connection to the mall. A car believed to have been used by him was found in a mall parking lot.

Baumann said investigators do not believe the man had been diagnosed with or had been treated for any mental illness.

This is the second public suicide in Clarkstown this week. On Monday, a 39-year-old Congers man shot himself to death in a Nanuet hotel room. He had been undergoing treatment for depression.

Karen Chapman November 08, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Someone said the mall is left open as a shelter. I'd like to know more about that, but it seems to me that outside of the mall operating hours, no one should be allowed in that doesn't work there or have legitimate business (deliveries, workman). It seems dangerous for employees who are there late or very early. In Virginia, we had a young lady who managed a small store in an enclosed mall working late doing inventory who raped and murdered when the perpetrator got in through an unlocked mall door. she wasn't found until the next morning when the day manager came to work. That stepped up security there and I never heard of another incident.
vanessa baez November 09, 2011 at 12:45 PM
No matter what the mall do or change...there always going to be bad things that will happened at the palisade mall or any other mall.. because this days we have some many people with mental even the security guard needs help,just imagine that..so i think they need to change at lot of things in that mall,staring by closing the mall after certain hrs.. ...
mjb fresh November 11, 2011 at 06:19 AM
hmmm....more god equals less violence, less suicide....hmmmm...find me a war in this world that is NOT being fought as a result of a dogmatic conviction of an existing personal god...and while you are at it, explain to me the huge rate of suicide among our returning vets, who seem to have our god on their side at all times, fighting an invincible and invisible enemy that claims to have god on their side...I think bob dylan covered this topic already forty years ago...no, more god is certainly not the answer...people kill as a result of their uncompromising view of god, in their active life.
Mike November 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM
thats YOUR conclusion. No one here wrote that God is the absolute panacea for the ills of society. What many have said is that throwing God out of society means people rely more on material things that in the end do not bring any happiness or peace. No one said if you belive in God or even if you bring Him back to our world i means all will be ok. No, what is does mean at least for some of us is that there is always hope, The greatest "war" in our society and the one with millions of victims year after year is caused by their view of God-if they have one at all- its called abortion-the killing each year of millions of the earth's least defensive people. Murder not done in teh name of God, but done in spite of God. Peace out
Carolyn November 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM
@ mjb fresh Give me a break ! @ Mike You hit it right on the head!


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