Cops: Fall from Mall of Georgia's third story was suicide attempt

Mall of Georgia

Mall of Georgia

Police believe the man who fell from the Mall of Georgia’s third story Sunday afternoon was attempting to commit suicide.

According to incident reports released Monday, the 43-year-old Roswell man purchased a ticket at the Buford mall’s Regal Cinemas box office at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday. He allegedly asked for a ticket to a 1 p.m. showing.

“When asked what movie, (the man) replied something to the affect, ‘It doesn’t matter,’” police said. He had reportedly done the same thing Saturday.

On Sunday, he continued to the third-floor theater, pulling a lobby chair up to the railing. The diminutive man — described as 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds — sat there for the next 24 minutes, police said.

“Several times (the man) gets up and looks over the railing and at one point appears to step up onto the chair, but then sits back down,” the report said, referencing surveillance footage examined later.

At precisely 1:13 p.m., the man got up, stepped on the chair and sat on the railing overlooking the mall’s lower levels. A movie theater employee saw him and asked him to get down.

The man then fell backward, breaking off a piece of the second story’s marble floor before landing on the first floor next to a cellphone kiosk.

“The male was moaning in pain” as the responding off-duty officer approached him. He was transported to the hospital alive.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Monday that his department would only receive an update on the man’s condition if he passed away.