Man Gets Stuck in Air Duct at Midtown Hotel while Trying to Set Himself Ablaze during Suicide Attempt

NY Daily News - December 01, 2017

by THOMAS TRACY

An unhinged man got caught in an air duct at a Midtown hotel while trying to set himself on fire during a bizarre burglary and suicide attempt early Wednesday, police said.

Hotel staff found buff and barefoot Juan Estella, 35, wearing only long underwear, stuck inside the ductwork on the seventh floor of the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel on W. 35th St. near Seventh Ave. about 5:30 a.m.

Estella snuck into the hotel, but was spotted wandering around the sixth floor lobby, cops said.

When security guards tried to grab him, he gave them the slip and ran up to the seventh floor.

An unhinged man got caught in an air duct at a Midtown hotel while trying to set himself on fire during a bizarre burglary and suicide attempt early Wednesday, police said.

Hotel staff found buff and barefoot Juan Estella, 35, wearing only long underwear, stuck inside the ductwork on the seventh floor of the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel on W. 35th St. near Seventh Ave. about 5:30 a.m.

Estella snuck into the hotel, but was spotted wandering around the sixth floor lobby, cops said.

When security guards tried to grab him, he gave them the slip and ran up to the seventh floor.

As first responders extracted the soot-covered man from the shaft, Estella told them he crawled inside the shaft to commit suicide.

“He said he was attempting to light himself on fire,” a police source said.

Cops charged Estella, who lives near Times Square, with burglary, arson and criminal trespass.

His arraignment was pending as medics took him to Bellevue Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Estella has been arrested for burglary before, police sources said.