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A Man in New York City Threatens to Jump from A High-Rise Window After the FBI Brings a Search Warrant.

Police sources say that a smooth con man from New York City who once pretended to be the son of a wealthy Jamaican family threatened to jump from a 20th-floor window of a Manhattan skyscraper on Wednesday as the FBI tried to serve a search warrant.

Ian Mitchell, 35, broke a window in an apartment in the 72-story CitySpire condo building and tried to climb out at 8:40 a.m., sources said. Ian Mitchell, who authorities say started the shady scheme in 2015, is said to be the one who broke the window.

On the video from the scene, Mitchell’s legs are dangling out the window while people watch and film from the outside.

In one photo, his upper body is covered by a white curtain or sheet while he sits in the window frame. The glass around him is clearly broken. He seems to be wearing black pants and a black T-shirt.

People on the sidewalk can hear the police telling them to either go inside the building or move down the block.

Sources say that the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit came to the scene and tried to talk to the man. He didn’t have any weapons that anyone knew about.

Daredevil arrest ends standoff with FBI fugitive who threatened to jump out  of NYC skyscraper – New York Daily News

Hours later, around 1 p.m., Mitchell got out of the window and was back in the apartment, but he locked himself inside.

The Post was told by police sources that the CitySprire condo belongs to Mitchell’s girlfriend. She ran out of the apartment and is now in the hallway with the FBI, police, and a team that helps negotiate with hostages.

Mitchell is supposedly talking with police, but he is still close to the edge. Every time he moves near the broken window on the 31st floor, glass falls to the ground below.

The man behind the barricades has told the police many times, “I’ll jump” whenever he thinks they are going to move into his apartment.

Around 2:00, Mayor Eric Adams showed up.

“The NYPD doesn’t rush. They are doing what they should. “That’s why they’re the best,” said the mayor. “They don’t rush. Our team of hostage negotiators is the best in the business, and we will do everything we can to end this.”

At 5 p.m., an officer from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit climbed down the outside of the 72-story skyscraper and into the suicidal man’s condo.

The officer climbed down a rope from the apartment above Mitchell’s home on the 31st floor.

Another ESU officer held the rope steady as the officer coming down the building climbed the building and jumped through the already broken window where Mitchell was hanging out.

The shocked man was forced inside by a kick from the officer, who then followed him into the apartment.

A group of NYPD and FBI officers and hostage negotiators were stationed in the hallway outside Mitchell’s front door and had been talking to him for hours before the NYPD made their break.

Mitchell was led out of the building with a white sheet over his head. He was put in an ambulance and taken to a hospital to be checked out by a psychiatrist.

Sources said the FBI was serving an arrest warrant for a “white-collar crime,” but a spokesman would only say, “We are conducting a law enforcement operation as part of an ongoing investigation.”

Authorities told The Post in 2019 that Mitchell posed as “Ian Matalon,” a relative of the wealthy Jamaican businessman Joseph Matalon, and said he was an investment banker.

In 2015, the well-dressed crook is said to have told three people, including an Air Force veteran, that if they paid $33,000 for a liquor licence at the Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street, they could own a part of a new bar.

Daredevil arrest ends standoff with FBI fugitive who threatened to jump out  of NYC skyscraper – New York Daily News

Manhattan prosecutors say Mitchell had nothing to do with any of the bars in the fancy hotel and spent the money on himself.

The Air Force veteran gave over $15,000, which was most of his life savings. He asked The Post not to use his name.

Humberto Romero, a businessman at Yellowstone Medical Management Inc., was Mitchell’s most profitable victim. Authorities say he scammed Romero out of more than $158,000 starting in 2016.

Mitchell told Romero that he ran a hedge fund called INC Capital that was worth a lot of money, and he promised Romero a good return if he put money into the fake company and other projects.

“Ian talked about having clients who invested millions of dollars many times when we were together,” 45-year-old Romero wrote in an affidavit that The Post got at the time. “He was good at getting his way.”

Mitchell went dark when Romero tried to get his money. Romero called the police after a background check showed his real name and that the hedge fund never existed.

Prosecutors in Suffolk County say Mitchell used Romero’s money to pay for student loans, credit cards, gym memberships, and a car lease.


His lawyer, Todd Spodek, told The Post at the time, “Mr. Mitchell has taken responsibility and has tried to make good on his financial commitments.”

Mitchell has “two open matters” with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and a judge issued a bench warrant when he didn’t show up in court on January 31, 2020.

A 63-year-old neighbor named Bahman said he saw Mitchell in the elevator on his way to his own apartment.

“He lives on the building’s 31st floor. “I live on the 40th floor,” said Bahman. “Sometimes I see him going up and down in the elevator. I’ve never spoken to him. I can only see him come and go.”


Bahman said, “He was always alone and always dressed well.”

“Of course I’m worried. “I didn’t know I lived next door to a bad guy,” he said. “I saw him on Sunday. He looked calm… going up and down, which is nothing unusual.”

Another man, Behzad, 69, said that his sister lives in the CitySpire building and that he was there to visit her. He said that he had left the building for about 20 minutes to get coffee.

Behzad, who used to work in real estate and is now retired, said, “I can’t go back in.” “The NYPD is in charge of the elevator.” My sister told me that they told everyone over the loudspeaker that the police are here and to stay in their apartments. The elevators are under their control.”

“I’m not really shocked,” he said. “It’s the dumbest thing he can do, in my opinion. I think he is a crook if… you do the crime, you do the time… Life is worth more than anything else.”


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Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.


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