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Police rush to save woman from fall at Comic-Con

A woman hangs off the 14th-floor balcony of a building in downtown San Diego in an apparent suicide attempt. (Rebecca Keegan / Los Angeles Times)

This post has been updated. See below for details.

A woman hung from the 14th-floor balcony of a condominium building called the Mark in downtown San Diego on Thursday afternoon in an apparent suicide attempt that onlookers first thought was a stunt to promote a movie during Comic-Con.

San Diego police took the woman into custody after she was removed from the balcony in a harness by workers
setting up a zip line at the “Kick-Ass 2” party across the street who
were admitted to building by a representative of the
homeowner’s association, according to the woman’s downstairs neighbor, Michael Mora. Police declined to release her name.

Some of the crowds beneath the building on 8th Avenue, in the city’s busy Gaslamp District, initially thought they might be watching a bit of a guerrilla marketing campaign for a movie. The condo building is situated above a parking lot where Universal Pictures and Playboy were gearing up to host a party for “Kick-Ass 2,” complete with a giant wrap-around poster advertising the upcoming superhero film.

The woman was wearing green shorts, the color of a distinctive costume worn by a character in the film.

“Don’t do it! Don’t jump!” onlookers began screaming as it became clear the woman was not, in fact, part of the elaborate promotional activities that overtake San Diego for four days every July.

Police officials and a representative from Universal confirmed the incident was unrelated to the movie. “The call came in as a jumper,” said Officer Jim Johnson of the San Diego Police Department. “A female hanging from a balcony. There was something thrown from the balcony and she was crying. After some negotiations, she was taken into custody.”

Johnson said the woman would be taken to a county mental health facility.

(A previous version of this story said that police removed the woman from the balcony in a harness. In fact, it was workers
setting up a zip line at the “Kick-Ass 2” party across the street who removed her, after being allowed into the building by a representative of the homeowner’s association, according the woman’s downstairs neighbor, Michael Mora, who is pictured in the photo. Police then took her into custody.)

–Rebecca Keegan

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