Man Climbs New York Times Building, Threatens to Kill Himself

The New York Times' masthead is displayed in front of the midtown headquarters on December 7, 2009 in New York City. Today is the deadline for Times staffers to accept a buyout package in an effort to eliminate 100 newsroom employees this year in the struggling economy. The newspaper will likely fall short of the 100 buyouts and will need to layoff staffers to cut costs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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One man climbed the New York Times building and it wasn’t because he wanted a copy of the newspaper.

Instead, he was holding a knife to his throat and threatening to kill himself. Thankfully, the only result was his arrest. Firefighters and Port Authority police officers were able to bring him to safety.

Darrow Errikksan, 31, was luckily not injured as a result of the incident.

According to the New York Post, Errikksan “climbed 50 feet up the building as a crowd of onlookers gathered across Eighth Avenue. He then pulled out a small knife and held it at his neck,” police said.

Sources who spoke to the Post described Errikksan as being “emotionally disturbed.”

Man Climbs Up The New York Times

After being brought to safety, he was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Police charged Errikksan with reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon, and trespassing, the Post reported.

Nor was this his first brush with the law.

Last week, Erikksan was issued a bench warrant for skipping a court hearing. He allegedly assaulted a police officer. Per the Post, he allegedly injured the officer with a two-by-four “riddled with nails” several weeks ago.

“In that case, he was taken into custody, hospitalized for emotional evaluation and released on his own recognizance at his arraignment, according to sources,” the Post wrote.

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