STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man is lucky to be alive but unlucky enough to be arrested after falling 11 stories from his high-rise apartment building after a dispute with his wife, police said.
Jesus Barrabi, 28, of 114 Soundview Court, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct after he turned himself in to police Sunday evening.
At 5:30 a.m. June 21, Barrabi went to the 11th-story apartment at 1425 Bedford St. that he shared with his 32-year-old wife of one year, police said. She had refused to let him in because he had been drinking, Sgt. Kelly Connelly said.
Barrabi became angry and started kicking the door while standing on the open walkway, Connelly said. At one point, he was leaning on the railing, 110 feet above the ground, and she warned him not to do that since it was unsafe, police said.
"If I fall would you care?" Barrabi said to her, according to police.
She opened the door and discovered he wasn't there but thought he had lowered himself down to the 10th floor, which he had done previously, Connelly said.
The wife called his cellphone but got no answer, police said. A few minutes later, as she went downstairs to search for him, he called her and asked her to come down because he had fallen 11 stories and was lying on the ground behind the building, Connelly said.
"He said something like, 'Please don't call the police because they are going to arrest me for damaging your door,'" as he asked her to take him to the hospital, Connelly said.
The wife was unable to move him and asked a nearby couple to call police, Connelly said.
Police believe Barrabi's fall was broken by tree branches and that the ground was soft due to heavy rain in the preceding days.
Police issued a warrant for his arrest as he recovered from his injuries in the hospital.
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