11/24/2000

Man leaps to death after being arrested by police

PoliceOne Staff Report
(DENVER) -- A man accused of embezzling funds from an Aurora company jumped through a plate-glass window and plummeted six floors to his death Monday night, according to authorities.

Andrew Todd Smith, who lived in the 200 block of Beaver Court, was arrested and handcuffed in his apartment on Nov.20.

Police were waiting for additional information over the radio when Smith got up from where he sat and ran through a large plate glass window, according to The Gazette. Police said he fell approximately 60 feet to the sidewalk.

Smith was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"I think he felt he was caught ..." Lt. Jon Priest of the Denver Police Department told The Gazette. "I don't know what was going through his mind. I can't believe he thought he would escape."

Smith was suspected of stealing more than $26,000 from Graebel Companies, Inc where he worked as a controller. He is also wanted for suspicion of theft of $2,000 from Barnes Engineering Co. of Colorado Springs where he worked last year.

The Denver Homicide Unit is investigating the death.

"It's a tragic thing all the way around," Priest told the newspaper. "We are still trying to figure out why this occurred."

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