Man critically injured in fall while trying to climb down the exterior of a Near North Side apartment building, police say

Police said the man fell from the third floor of the building in the 1100 block of North Larrabee. | Google

Chicago — A man was critically injured Monday evening when he fell from the third floor of a Near North Side apartment complex, apparently while trying to scale down the building’s exterior, Chicago police said. He fell in the 1100 block of North Larrabee, but the building’s address is in the 500 block of West Elm.

CPD said the man jumped from a fifth-floor balcony to a balcony on the fourth floor, then fell after reaching the third floor around 8:40 p.m. A security officer at the scene said the man had been previously banned from the building.

Initial reports suggest that the man became involved in a domestic altercation on the fifth floor, then tried to leave by scaling down the building, which caused residents on the fourth and third floors to call 911, thinking that an intruder was trying to break into their units from their balconies.

Police said the man suffered blunt force trauma to his body, but an officer at the scene said he was still breathing. Officials did not say how old the man is.

Area Three detectives are investigating the incident, which CPD initially categorized as a non-criminal matter.

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