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Young man forces himself into 87-year-old woman’s home to commit suicide by jumping off 12th floor balcony

By Mason White 1:47 PM February 17, 2017
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By: Emily Lewis

An elderly woman was left trembling in fear after a young man forced himself into her home to commit suicide, according to police in New York.

The New York Police Department said that 23-year-old Brian Swearing of Queens, died after jumping off the 12th floor balcony of 87-year-old Geraldine Butler.

According to the police investigation, on Tuesday, Swearing knocked on Butler’s door, and when she opened, he asked her if the apartment had a balcony.

Swearing did not wait for an answer. He pushed the elderly woman aside, and ran out onto the balcony. When Butler followed him out to the balcony, he was no longer there.

At first, Butler could not understand where Swearing went.

After a few minutes, she realized that he jumped off her balcony. She looked down, and saw Swearing lying face down on the ground below.

Swearing was pronounced dead at the scene. Swearing suffered from anxiety and was taking anti-anxiety medication.