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Police Shut Down Washington Heights Street Amid Struggle With Tenant

By Nigel Chiwaya | December 16, 2013 5:45pm
 Police feared the woman would jump out of her 162nd Street apartment building.
NYPD shuts down West 162nd Street
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Police to shut down a residential Washington Heights street Monday to prevent an emotionally-disturbed woman who refused to leave her apartment from jumping out the window, officials said.

Police said the woman became upset around 1:30 p.m. Monday, when her social worker tried to remove her from her 450 West 162nd St. apartment. The woman refused to leave, prompting the social worker to call the police.

The woman's fifth-floor apartment faces the street, and, although she never threatened suicide, police worried that the woman would jump out rather than leave. In response the NYPD's Emergency Services and Technical Assistance Response Units blocked off the section of 162nd Street between St. Nicholas Avenue and Jumel Terrace to traffic. Police then set up an inflatable cushion at the base of the building as a precaution.

After a three-hour standoff the woman led out of the building in handcuffs and taken to an ambulance. No one was injured, police said.