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‘US man did not attempt suicide’

The police have ruled out the possibility of attempted suicide by the 40-year-old American national who had allegedly jumped off the lobby of Hotel Renaissance at Powai on Saturday.

mumbai Updated: Mar 23, 2010 02:48 IST
HT Correspondent

The police have ruled out the possibility of attempted suicide by the 40-year-old American national who had allegedly jumped off the lobby of Hotel Renaissance at Powai on Saturday.

Momsen Curtis (40), who sustained multiple fractures and is now recuperating at LH Hiranandani hospital, told the police that he had jumped off the hotel under the influence of alcohol.

Curtis (40) worked as a crew member with the North West airlines.

“I was drinking beer at the hotel’s bar. Six other crew members were also consuming alcohol,” said

Curtis in his statement to the police.

“After having several drinks, I got sloshed and had been wandering in the lobby with a beer can. I went to the back of the lobby and jumped off the ventilator window,” Curtis added.

“I tried to hold on to the rod but it was too late.”

“I was not attempting suicide nor had anybody pushed me,” he added in his statement.

Empty beer cans were found at the side of the ledge from where the victim had jumped.

The police said Curtis had been shouting “catch me, catch me” to the security guards before jumping off.

“Curtis was on a high and took the extreme step under the influence of liquor. He also denied the possibility of any foul play,” said Police Inspector Keshav Kumar Kasar of Powai police station.

The police also inquired with the manager of the airline crew and a woman crew member but they were not aware of the incident.

Curtis sustained fractures in his lower thighbone, pelvic region, jaws and blunt injuries to his abdomen.

“He underwent a minor operation on Monday and has been responding well to the treatment,” added Kasar.