Man threatens to jump from ramp on 410 East

Police: Driver stops car, holds up traffic

Author: Stephanie Serna, Reporter,
Published On: Nov 24 2012 02:03:33 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 24 2012 08:01:38 PM CST

A man stopped his car on the 281 South ramp on 410 East Saturday afternoon and threatened to commit suicide, according to authorities.

Police said they got a call just before 12:30 p.m. about a stalled vehicle on the ramp, but when they got there, they realized that the man had gotten out of his car and that he was threatening to jump.

Patrol officers on the scene talked with him for about 45 minutes before they got him to come down, authorities said. Officers had to close down parts of 410 and 281 during the incident, but those roads were re-opened after the man was taken into custody.

Aside from the call about the stalled vehicle, police said they also got a tip about the incident from the media.

"We did receive information that this individual called one of the news agencies, threatening suicide," said Matt Porter with the San Antonio Police Department. "But, by the time the officers received the call for the initial stalled vehicle, that information came a short time later and they were able to put two-and-two together."

Porter said the man was described by officers as a 27-year-old white male and that he was taken to the hospital, where he was getting some help.