Police investigate death of Colorado woman who plunged off Midtown hotel, boyfriend arrested

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Woman plunges to her death off Midtown hotel, boyfriend arrested
NYPD detectives believe a 20-year-old woman from Colorado jumped from the roof of a Midtown hotel, based on witness statements.

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- NYPD detectives believe a 20-year-old woman from Colorado jumped from the roof of a Midtown hotel, based on witness statements.

However, there are no direct witnesses, so they continue to look for surveillance video and more evidence.

She had traveled to New York City with her boyfriend, 24-year-old Tyler Griffin of Littleton, Colorado, and their 8-month-old daughter.

The baby was in the room when the couple got into a violent, all out brawl on Tuesday around 10:27 p.m. at the Oyo Hotel on 47th Street, according to police.

Griffin allegedly hit the woman multiple times during the domestic dispute that trashed their hotel room.

As the fight spilled into the hallway, the boyfriend allegedly pulled the baby's arm, causing her to fall down the nearby stairwell.

Another hotel guest grabbed the infant as the woman proceeded to the roof.

What happened next is under investigation. It is unclear if the woman fell off the roof or if she was pushed, but she was found dead on the two-story scaffolding below, officials said.

When police arrived, they found the boyfriend in the hotel lobby, acting erratically. They initially treated him as emotionally disturbed person and had to Taser him to calm him down. He was then taken him to Bellevue Hospital.

The 8-month-old is now being cared for by the city's Administration for Children's Services.

Hotel guests and people walking through this busy area say they were confused to see officers arrive and were shocked to hear what had happened.

"We were on our way back from a comedy show, we walk up on the street. Kind of don't know what's going on, they're telling us to get back. They let us into an adjacent hotel, then they started letting people in at a time," hotel guest Tyler Cerajewski said.

Griffin is now facing charges of assault, reckless endangerment, and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.

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