OAN Geraldyn Berry
UPDATED 5:18 PM – Wednesday, March 22, 2023
An FBI suspect has threatened to jump from the 31st floor of a skyscraper during arrest whilst he was being apprehended by authorities.
The suspect, 35-year-old Ian Mitchell, had allegedly once posed as the scion of a wealthy Jamaican family back in 2015. Police say that he is wanted in connection with a financial fraud investigation.
Emergency services communicated and attempted to hold negotiations with the suspect as he dangled himself off the ledge of the 31st floor of a building on West 56th Street between 6th and 7th avenue. Then, an NYPD Emergency Services Unit officer scaled his way down from the floor above to slip inside the residence through a shattered glass window, to conclude the bizarre face-off with the suspect.
This incident began on Wednesday morning, when the FBI attempted to execute a search warrant. Manhattan Supreme Court documents showed a pair of open grand larceny cases and a bench warrant for the arrest of Mitchell. At some point, they say, the suspect broke the window of the 31st floor and walked on to the ledge.
Posing himself as “Ian Matalon,” Mitchell has been accused of performing numerous scams and even ran a multimillion-dollar hedge fund called INC Capital, promising his victims a handsome return if they invested in the bogus company and other ventures.