FORT GREENE — An ex-con, who'd just been released from prison, fell to his death when he tried to flee police by tying together bedsheets to climb down the face of his building until the knots came undone Tuesday night, NYPD officials said.
The 21-year-old man, who sources identified as Jamel Chandler, was home in his 11th-floor apartment at 24 Monument Walk in the Ingersoll Houses when police came knocking on his door about 6:23 p.m., suspecting him for a livery cab robbery earlier in the week, officials said.
Chandler, who was out on parole after spending nearly two years behind bars for grand larceny, took to Facebook Live to notify his followers that police were there and he didn't want to go back to jail, an NYPD spokesman said.
As police kept banging, he tied his sheets together and climbed out the window, only to have his makeshift rope come undone and send him tumbling down, the spokesman said.
He was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital, police said.
Chandler was convicted of grand larceny in June 2015 and was released March 26, records show.
An NYPD spokesman said that he'd been involved in the robbery of a livery driver days before his death.
The spokesman didn't have further details about the robbery.
He'd robbed nine other people in cafes and restaurants around the city by the time police finally arrested him.
He was charged with robbery, identity theft, grand larceny and petit larceny.