A bank robbery suspect trying to elude police searching for him in an apartment building leaped into a rubbish chute and survived a 200ft fall into the basement.
Robin Gutheridge, 26, plunged from the 21st floor of the Clinton Plaza Apartments in Syracuse, New York, a few streets from the Chase Bank Branch he had robbed earlier, said Sgt Tom Connellan.
He was conscious and told police he had climbed into the chute to avoid being captured. Police estimate he fell about 210ft before landing on rubbish in a compactor at the bottom.
"He was able to slow himself down by holding the sides of chute, and the garbage may have cushioned the fall, but he did get severe injuries," Sgt Connellan said.
Firefighters moved the compactor and removed Gutheridge from the chute.
Gutheridge is in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital, where he is in the intensive care unit with fractures and internal injuries said.
Police said Gutheridge fled with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing the bank.
After detectives learned he was seen entering a nearby apartment building, they began searching it and that was when a maintenance worker told them he could hear someone calling for help from a rubbish chute in the basement.