A troubled adolescent sets fire to his New York City apartment and then jumps to his death from the roof.
A mentally disturbed adolescent committed suicide Saturday by jumping from the top of a Manhattan apartment building he had apparently set on fire.
Around 4:40 p.m., Jamel Martinez, 18, set fire to his tenth-floor apartment at the NYCHA's East River Houses on E 105th Street. before leaping to his death from the roof, police sources told The Post.
According to police, the fire was extinguished by the FDNY.
Martinez's distraught father, James White, told The Post that the adolescent had been released from Bellevue Hospital about a month ago after fighting depression.
The father stated that he pleaded with the hospital not to release his son, who he described as having "changed" over the last couple of years. He stated that the expectations associated with graduating from high school had been particularly difficult for his son.
“This was done by my son. This is my son," White, 53, explained as he paced back and forth outside the site. “He was not authorized to depart from Bellevue Hospital. I advised Bellevue Hospital not to release him and instead to place him in a facility where he might rehabilitate his mind.”
White, who does not live in the building, stated that despite the fact that he was on prescription medicine, the hospital released him.
“He went through a period during which his mind simply relapsed. He fled from home,” White stated. “He was already in the headlines for a missing child.”
“He required assistance...people do not take this mental illness seriously.”
White stated that he learnt of the incident through his daughter.
“My daughter called and said the house is on fire and it's on the Citizen app, and she believes Jamel leapt off the roof and may have died,” he continued, his voice crackling.
Martinez landed on top of a car, according to resident Rosemary Negron, 60.
“I feel awful,” she stated. “It was a small child. I'm not sure what happened to him to cause him to act in that manner.”
When he witnessed Martinez collide with the automobile, a 12-year-old child heard a loud banging sound.
“His mother was in tears,” the child explained to the Post. “I'm quite depressed.”
White believes that exposure to drugs and the street may have exacerbated his son's mental health difficulties. White stated that before to his downfall and introduction to drugs, he was always interested in computers and technology.
“He was a decent young man,” White stated. “He was a pleasant, warm, and sweet child.”