A 31-year-old California man robbed a cab driver and leaped to his death Wednesday morning at the Port of Anchorage, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
Lt. Dave Parker, APD Public Information Officer, said the man arrived in Alaska within the last 24 hours at the airport. The man told police he wanted to be a fisherman after watching the reality show “The Deadliest Catch.”
“He only had $70 in his pocket, apparently he was somewhat despondent,” Lt. Parker said. “[Alaska] turned out, perhaps, to be something different than he had anticipated.”
Police took the man to Providence Alaska Medical Center's psychiatric emergency room at about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
API released the man and gave him a taxi voucher, so he could be taken to Brother Francis.
Around 6:00 a.m., the man fought and robbed his taxi driver and stole his cab heading towards the shelter.
Police said he breached security at the Port of Anchorage, abandoned the car, and then climbed a 50-foot fuel tanker.
“He just got off the airplane from California so he didn't have any idea where he was going,” Lt. Parker said. “Ultimately ended up down here at the port and crashed through the security gate.”
Port security contacted police and police said the man jumped from the tanker around 6:30 a.m. and died as a result of the fall.
His identity was witheld pending next of kin.
Editor's note: The man was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center's psychiatric emergency room, not the Alaska Psychiatric Institute as initially reported.
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