Woman seriously injured in fall at Scottsdale mall

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by The Associated Press and azfamily.com

Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 8:58 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities say a woman is expected to survive after falling from the third floor of an upscale Scottsdale shopping mall Thursday.

Scottsdale police say it appears to be a suicide attempt.

According to police, another shopper at Scottsdale Fashion Square saw the 41-year-old Mesa woman standing on the wrong side of the railing, holding on but looking down. The woman reportedly jumped after the shopper left to get help.

"I think she had fallen on some strollers or wheelchairs or something, and she was still laying on those," said witness Krissy Dermody. "A couple people had gone over and tried to help her, you know, tend to her."

Police said the woman was shopping at the mall with her fiance and after shopping, they sat down at Kona Grill to eat. The woman excused herself from the table, saying that she needed to go and retrieve her cellphone from a store.

Sgt. Mark Clark said there is no indication of any conflict or argument before she left the table.

The fiance got concerned when she didn't return after a few minutes and got up to leave the restaurant. Officers located him before he left the restaurant and told him what had happened.

The fiance told police that the woman has a history of mental health issues and he has tried to get her help for many years. 

Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Clint Steeves said the injured woman was taken to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center where she underwent emergency surgery.

The woman's name hasn't been released.

It's the second fall at Scottsdale Fashion Square this summer.

A 65-year-old woman fell two stories to her death in June and police believe that plunge was intentional.

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