COUNCIL CHRONICLE – South Florida police rescued a mother and two children on Saturday. According to the police report, the paranoid woman climbed a ledge with her two children, threatening to commit suicide. The woman was later committed to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.
Paranoid Woman Called Officer Who Climbed Ledge, a ‘Body Avenger’
On Saturday afternoon, a Delray Beach Police Department received multiple calls from people who claimed to see a woman and two children standing on a garage’s roof.
Upon arriving at the location, the first responders identified a woman experiencing some type of psychotic episode and two small children standing close to a ledge, approximately 15-50 feet off the ground.
Rob Addea, one of the first responders on the scene, declared that the woman refused to come down from the ledge, as she furiously clanged to her 3-year-old girl.
Thus, Addea positioned himself underneath the ledge to be able to catch the woman or any of the children. Addea was not allowed but accompanied by Officer Mark Warne.
The incident was captured on tape and uploaded Delray Beach Police Department’s Facebook on Wednesday. Before Sergeants Mike Debree and Brian Griffith could gain access to the ledge, Addea attempted to reason with the paranoid woman. He could be heard in the video telling her to take her children back inside.
Meanwhile, having gained access to the ledge, Griffith carefully approached the woman, while his colleague led the children inside.+
While trying to gain the woman’s trust by saying he’s a police officer, the paranoid woman asked Griffith to show his badge. The man took out his badge, but the woman kept telling him that nowhere on his badge was ‘sergeant’ written and that he probably was a ‘body avenger.’
After several tense minutes, Griffith convinced the woman to come down. She was later taken to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.