Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that 3rd Precinct Police Officers rescued a suicidal male who was threatening to jump from a railing at the Riverfront Park water edge on Monday, February 24, 2020. “I commend Officers Allen and Lovo for immediately taking the necessary steps to de-escalate this situation and to save this man’s life,” Director Ambrose said. “These officers did an exceptional job in resolving this situation with a singular focus on keeping this individual alive.” Shortly before 9:45 p.m., officers in the area of Read Street near Raymond Boulevard were flagged down by a woman who reported that a man was standing on a railing at the water edge threatening to jump. Officers J. Allen and K. Lovo approached the man and began talking to him in an attempt to have him climb back over the railing to safety. Additional officers responded to the location, along with members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. When the male was distracted by the arrival of additional law enforcement, the officers pulled him to safety.
The man was transported to University Hospital for evaluation. “I’m grateful that this incident ended with a member of our community rescued, rather than a far worse outcome,” Director Ambrose said. “These officers exhibited the type of dedication and commitment to public safety that the people of Newark can be proud of.” Director Ambrose urges anyone with information about any suspicious or criminal activity to call the Department’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.
Anonymous tips may also be made using the Police Division’s website at: www.newarkpd.org or through our Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.