Man Dies After Jumping From Siam Paragon Escalator

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BANGKOK — A man who fell from an escalator to the ground floor of the Siam Paragon shopping mall Friday night died of his injuries after being rushed to the hospital.

Lt. Col. Thanawut Prasertnoo of Pathumwan police said Saturday the man, 44-year-old Samret Sangteerapeetikul, died during the night as he was being treated for severe injuries at the Police Hospital. They believe it was a suicide.

“At first we thought he had just slipped from the escalator,” Thanawut said. “But turns out, the doctors said he was suffering from depression.”

Samret was critically injured after falling from the second floor of the popular mall all the way to the basement-level Siam Ocean World floor. He suffered a broken arm, punctured lungs and other serious injuries in the fall.

“We believe he came alone to the mall,” Thanawut said.