• Oregon woman suffers critical injuries in 16-story plunge down garbage chute

    By: Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

    Updated:
    PORTLAND, Ore. -

    A mentally ill Oregon woman suffered life-threatening injuries Monday when she apparently climbed into a garbage chute at her boyfriend’s condominium community and plunged 16 stories to the bottom.

    The Oregonian reported that the woman, who was not publicly identified, suffered head injuries in her fall from the 16th floor of the Civic, a condo building in Portland’s Pearl District. 

    Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Rich Chatman told the newspaper the woman, who is in her late 20s, slid down into the garbage collection area, where firefighters found her unconscious. Police declined to file charges against the woman.

    Scroll down to continue reading


    More news from KIRO 7


    DOWNLOAD OUR FREE NEWS APP 

    “I can say there was a mental health component involved,” Chatman told the paper

    On Tuesday, Chatman said it appeared the woman put herself in the chute. 

    “The prevailing assumption is that she got into the chute on her own will,” he said. 

    Steven Lofton, who lives on the 16th floor of the Civic, told a reporter that the woman and her boyfriend are known on their floor for getting into fights, both verbal and physical. Neighbors had voiced their concerns to the building’s management.

    >> Read more trending news

    Lofton said he heard someone pounding on his door just after lunchtime Monday and went to the door to find the woman, who told him she was afraid.

    When he opened his door, she rushed in, screaming, and began trashing his condo, he told the paper. 

    “She was wild, just absolutely wild,” Lofton said. “She was breaking and throwing everything in her sight. Plates, vases, cutlery. You name it.”

    The woman ran out into the hallway, where she encountered her boyfriend. They got into a physical confrontation, Lofton said. 

    Lofton said he closed his door and called 911.

    The woman went down the garbage chute moments later, The Oregonian said

    A Portland police spokeswoman told the paper Tuesday that a domestic violence investigation is ongoing, though detectives are waiting for the woman’s condition to improve.

    “The involved woman’s medical situation is of a higher priority than the criminal investigation at this time,” Jones said in an email to the newspaper.  

    Next Up: