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Man Who Jumped From Long Branch Radio Tower Had Serviced Antenna Week Prior

LONG BRANCH: The man who jumped to his death from the old Y107 radio tower at Memorial Parkway and Belmont Avenue on April 21 was a maintenance technician for a company that installs microwave and cellular antenna on towers.

The man was identified as Pedro Macias, a 60-year-old Cuban native who has been residing in Elizabeth and working for National Microwave Contractors.

"The victim was servicing the same antenna tower just last week for Verizon and was an experience tower climber," Long Branch Director of Public Safety Jason Roebuck said. "He has been with the company on and off since October, 1999."

Roebuck said Macias climbed to the top of the tower on Monday evening, jumped shortly after 7:30 p.m. and fell through the roof of a "condemned and unsafe" building and was "stuck there," until crews could remove his body.

Roebuck said his death has been ruled a suicide.

He said Macias either climbed the six foot fence that surrounds the tower or may have had a key to access the gate as there were no signs of a break-in.

He said police called to the scene initially thought he was simply doing maintenance on the tower as he had a safety harness and climbing gear. Officers tried to yell up to him, but he did not respond and continued to climb to the top.

"We got in touch with the company that he works for and they said they had no record of him doing any maintenance on the tower on Monday," Roebuck said.

He said there are no immediate plans to secure the area around the tower as the tower is not owned by the city.

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