Thousands of downtown pedestrians gathered along Pennsylvania and Market streets, lined a nearby parking garage rooftop and stared through office windows about 10:30 a.m. today as a man threatened to jump from the top of the building on the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Market.
He was described by police officers as a man in a vest—perhaps an employee of the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the building. He also might have had a mustache, police officers on the scene said. Portions of
John Bishop, a plastics sales representative from
“It’s a little disconcerting,” Bishop said. “It’s not the sort of image you want for your city. But I don’t think this is characteristic of
As disturbing as the thought of someone jumping to their death was to Bishop, the number of people who stood to watch the potential horror was just as troubling.
“It’s like some of those crazy things you see on the Internet,” he said. “You don’t really want to see it. Yet, here we stand, watching.”
The crowd began to disperse around 11:30 a.m., but portions of