Good Samaritan rescues young man during suicide attempt in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK — A passer-by rescued an 18-year-old man as he attempted to hang himself at a park early Sunday, authorities said.
The incident took place about 1:45 a.m. at Hilda Solis Park, 15010 Badillo Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mark Harvey said.
David Richard Martinez, 29, of Covina said he had missed the last Metrolink train and was was taking a short cut to a friends house when he encountered a young man hanging motionless from a tree by his neck.
“I thought this can’t be real,” Martinez said.
Harvey said the young man had used some sort of bag to create a noose for the suicide attempt.
“I don’t know how long he was hanging there,” Martinez said, adding that he appeared to be dead.
“I picked him up by his legs,” he said. “The noose came right off.”
When the young man fell from the tree and hit the ground, he seemingly “came back to life” and gasped for air, Martinez said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Harvey said little officials information was available Sunday regarding the encounter between the suicidal young man and his rescuer. But he confirmed that an 18-year-old man was found in the midst of an attempted suicide by hanging, and a passer-by “detained him” until authorities arrived.
The man, who told investigators he was trying to kill himself, was taken for psychiatric evaluation, Harvey said.

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