Man Rescued After Jumping From Tobin Bridge

A man landed in a safety net after jumping from the Tobin Bridge Saturday morning.
A man landed in a safety net after jumping from the Tobin Bridge Saturday morning. –Chelsea Fire Dept.

A driver trying to elude police on Saturday morning stopped his car on the Tobin Bridge and jumped off, according to multiple reports.

The driver, who was reportedly wanted in Malden over a “domestic incident,’’ landed in a safety net that was put in place while construction work was being done on the bridge.

Rescue crews had to climb 25 feet below the Tobin Bridge to save the jumper, according to the Chelsea Fire Department.

The suspect led police on a chase after police in Malden issued an alert for a vehicle driven by the suspect who allegedly tried to kill a relative, reported The Associated Press.


The jumper, who reportedly suffered a broken leg from the fall, was trying to cut himself loose from the netting with a butcher knife before being rescued.

Chelsea police has reportedly identified the suspect as 49-year-old Mustafa Laassal.

A “marine unit’’ floated beneath the bridge in case the jumper ending up falling into the waters of the Mystic River between Charlestown and Chelsea.

Police activity on the Tobin bridge could be seen from Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea.

One person described the Tobin Bridge early Saturday as a “parking lot backed up to Bunker Hill College.’’

The suspect was reportedly taken to Massachusetts General Hospital to treat his injuries.

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