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A New York City con artist allegedly posing as the scion of a wealthy Jamaican family threatened to jump himself from a 20th-floor window of a Manhattan skyscraper as the FBI prepared to issue a search warrant, police sources said. had tried
Sources said Ian Mitchell, 35 — who authorities say launched the shady scheme in 2015 — broke the window inside an apartment within the 72-story Cityspire condominium building and attempted to exit at 8:40 a.m.
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Video of the scene shows Mitchell dangling from a window with her feet as people stand outside watching the film.
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One photograph shows his upper body covered in a white curtain or sheet as he sits in a window frame, the glass apparently shattered around him. He is seen wearing black T-shirt and black pants.
Police can be heard telling people standing on the sidewalk to either go inside the building or go down the block.
According to sources, the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit responded and was attempting to speak to the man. He had no known weapon.
Hours later, by about 1 a.m., Michele had climbed out the window and returned to the apartment, but had barricaded herself inside.
By around 2 pm, Mayor Eric Adams had arrived.
The nature of the FBI warrant was not immediately known. A spokesperson would only confirm that “we are conducting a law enforcement operation pursuant to the ongoing investigation.”
Authorities told The Post in 2019 that Mitchell passed himself off as “Ian Matalon”, a relative of wealthy Jamaican businessman Joseph Matalon and claimed to be an investment banker.
In 2015, the dapper crook allegedly told three victims, including an Air Force veteran, that they could own a new bar at the Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street if they paid $33,000 for a liquor license. We do.
But Mitchell had no ties to any of the swank hotel’s bars and blew the cash on personal expenses, according to Manhattan prosecutors.
The Air Force veteran, who asked that The Post withhold his name, handed over $15,000, the bulk of his life savings.
Mitchell’s most lucrative target was Yellowstone Medical Management Inc. businessman Humberto Romero, whom authorities say he paid more than $158,000 starting in 2016.
Mitchell told Romero that he ran a multimillion-dollar hedge fund called INC Capital and promised him a handsome return if he invested in the fictitious company and other ventures.
Romero, 45, wrote in an affidavit obtained by The Post at the time, “Ian discussed many times when we were together that he had clients investing millions.” “He was very inspiring.”
When Romero tries to withdraw his money, Michelle loses her senses. A background check revealed his real name and that the hedge fund never existed, so Romero called the police.
Suffolk County prosecutors say Mitchell spent Romero’s cash on student loans, credit cards, gym fees and car leases.
His attorney, Todd Spodek, told The Post at the time that “Mr. Mitchell has taken responsibility and has tried to meet his financial commitments.”
The Manhattan DA’s office was looking into the status of investment scam cases Wednesday afternoon.
A neighbor, who identified himself as Bahaman, 63, said he saw Michele in the elevator on her way to her residence.
“He lives on the 31st [floor], I live on 40th,” Bahman said. “I see him going up and down in the elevator sometimes. I’ve never spoken to him. I just watch him go by.
Bahman said, “He was alone all the time” and was always well dressed.
“Of course, I’m shaken. I didn’t know I lived with a criminal.’ “I saw him on Sunday. He looked calm…was going up and down…nothing unusual.”
Another man, who identified himself as 69-year-old Behzad, said his sister lives in the Cityspire building and he had come to visit her – but he had stepped out for about 20 minutes to buy coffee.
“I am not allowed back inside,” said Behzad, who is retired and works in real estate. “The elevator is under the control of the NYPD. My sister said they announced over the loudspeaker that the police were here—don’t leave your apartment. He is in charge of the lift.
“I’m not surprised,” he said. “To me, it’s the stupidest thing he can do. To me, if he’s a thug… you commit crimes, do time… nothing is more valuable than life.”
Additional reporting by Ben Feuerhard and Elizabeth Rosner
NYC man threatens to jump from high-rise window after FBI brings search warrant
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