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Suicide on Saturday Marks Fourth in Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structure in Less than a Year

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August 26, 2019 -- In what marks the fourth suicide in a Downtown Santa Monica parking garage in less than a year, a man jumped to his death from the top of Structure 2 Saturday morning.

Police responded to a call at around 8 a.m. and found the man's body on the sidewalk by the structure at 1235 2nd Street, said Lt. Candice Cobarrubias, the Police Department spokesperson.

The Los Angeles Coroners office identified the body as that of Brad Chapman Bolton, a 49-year-old man.

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His next of kin have been notified, the coroner's office said.

The suicide is the third in a parking structure Downtown since September 5, when a man was decapitated by the rope he used to hang himself in Parking Structure 4.

Several witnesses said they saw the man jump from the top floor of the structure on the 1300 block of Second Street ("Stretches of Downtown Closed By Mental Health Episodes Wednesday," September 6, 2018).

Since then, two other victims took their lives in Downtown parking garages before Saturday's suicide.

On December 1, a woman in her 60s committed suicide by jumping off the top of Structure 4.

And shortly after midnight on April 12, a man jumped to his death from the top floor of Parking Structure 7 at Santa Monica Place ("Man Leaps to His Death from Downtown Parking Structure," April 12, 2019).

The man was identified as Gary Stewart, a longtime music industry executive.

In none of the cases was there evidence of foul play. police said.

It is difficult to establish how many suicides take place by jumping from a public parking structure.

The County Coroner only lists the location of a suicide leap by the address of the sidewalk where the body is found, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokesperson for the coroners office.

A search of the internet by the Lookout found few reports of suicides in California committed by leaping from a parking structure.

In April, a man killed himself by jumping from the top floor of a parking garage in Glendale.

That same month, a man leaped to his death from a BART parking garage in Walnut Creek in the San Francisco Bay area.

And in February of last year, a person died after jumping off a parking garage at Riverside City College on the first day of spring semester.

Outside of Santa Monica, the Lookout's search failed to find another city with more than one suicide in a parking garage over the past two years.

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