Police say stuntmen for the "Kick-Ass 2" superhero movie in San Diego for Comic-Con saved a woman from jumping from the 14th-floor balcony of the Mark condominium building on Eight Avenue near Market Street, downtown San Diego Thursday.
San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said Friday that the three stuntmen were putting up a scaffolding for a movie premiere party when they heard screaming an yelling. They saw a woman across the street threatening to jump from the high rise building.
UT San Diego reports Gregg Sargeant, owner and stunt coordinator for Los Angeles-based Stunts 911-Action Sequence Technologies, said when they saw the woman, they grabbed some harnessing rigging, ran to the building and scaled a fence. The saw a security guard who took them up to the 14th floor apartment. Sergeant said: "We raced upstairs, crashed into the room and I sneaked up behind her. She was hanging by her two arms and I grabbed her. My two guys came in and roped her up. She was crying, upset, pretty out of it."
He told 23ABC: "[We] burst into the room and she was on the patio. She'd even closed the door so we couldn't get to her."
He said the woman was looking outward and did not see when they entered the room. Sargeant crept up behind her and held her in a bear hug while his companions, Scott Schecter and Amos Carver, rushed up to assist him.
Sargeant said: "Just as we got to her, she was just leaning out."
Schecter added: "I hooked my arms underneath her leg and we pulled her back in and carried her into the room and laid her on the couch, and she was very upset."
Carver threw the rigging around her and helped to lift her to safety.
Sargeant said: "I was just so thankful we got there when we got there. I think if we'd been there two seconds later, she would've been gone."
UT San Diego reports that when he was asked on telephone whether he felt like a superhero, Sargeant said: "Not at all. It’s what we do every day for stunts. It happened so fast and we just responded. When police came, we left. Everybody’s OK - that’s the important thing."
The Daily Mail reports he added: "It’s what we do every day for stunts. It happened so fast and we just responded. When police came, we left. Everybody’s OK - that’s the important thing."
Miami Herald reports Lt. Kevin Mayer said : "They were the perfect guys to be there at that time. It was very dangerous. I've seen attempted suicides when someone grabs them and is pulled over."
Mayer said the woman was upset about the breakup of relationship and had been drinking. The police found a shattered bottle of vodka under her balcony.
The men were rigging stunts for a private party for Universal Pictures, Playboy Enterprises and "Kick-Ass 2" celebrities when they saw the woman.
She was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation.
The movie "Kick-Ass 2" which features Jim Carrey is set for release in theaters in mid-August.