New Jersey Man Stops Sacramento Webcam Suicide
SACRAMENTO, CA - A young man is recovering, following an attempted suicide which was broadcast via webcam from his home. He'd been chatting online with another young man from Camden, New Jersey and using a video webcam when the New Jersey man witnessed him cutting himself with a razor blade.
Coltrane said the victim was suicidal for the better part of the conversation, leading up to the cutting incident that compelled him to call police. "Suddenly it hit me. Someone needs to help him because if he kills himself, I am the only person who knows," Coltrane said. "The guilt would have been on me."
Coltrane called Sacramento police and gave them the only information about the young man he had, a name and a phone number. Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said officers took that information and quickly located the victim. He was taken to the hospital and was expected to recover. "This is an unique case in the sense that very seldom do we run into web-type things where it's being viewed by other people," Leong said. "Suicides happen, but very seldom while other people are watching."