MONTECITO HEIGHTS — Police today are investigating the death of a man who had hung himself from a chain link fence post near Avenue 43 and the Pasadena Freeway, said Capt. Martin A. Baeza with the LAPD Hollenbeck Division.
Residents said that Avenue 43 was blocked this morning and police vehicles and fire trucks with ladders extended were seen on the freeway overpass at about 8 a.m.
“Detectives will provide the coroner with assistance as the investigation progresses,” Baeza said in an email. “At this time, it is being handled as a suicide.”
The victim was a 29-year-old Latino who lived in the area, said Detective Jose Ramirez. He had hung himself from a post attached to a fence that separates the Arroyo Seco channel from the freeway, he said. “There were no signs of foul play.”
Update on Sept. 26: Capt. Martin Baeza of the LAPD Hollenbeck Division tonight appeared before the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council to deny rumors surrounding the man’s death. The deceased “was not shot nor were his hands tied Baeza said in an email to The Eastsider. “The photo on social media does not show that either … the death is continuing to be investigated as a suicide with no evidence of foul play.”
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