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Man who leaped from hotel had felony conviction

9-8-2007 Indiana:

A Northside Indianapolis man who died after jumping from the ninth floor of a Downtown hotel was wanted for violating probation on a 2006 child molesting conviction, police said Friday.

The incident occurred Thursday night while tens of thousands of people filled the area around Monument Circle for the NFL Kickoff celebration before the Colts-Saints game.

Tim Krochalk, 32, had an outstanding warrant against him stemming from his December conviction for Class C felony child molestation, said Lt. Jeff Duhamell of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Krochalk was released from prison in May, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.

Police found Krochalk in an alley behind the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel, 31 W. Ohio St., shortly after 7 p.m., according to a police report.

Witnesses told police the man jumped from the outdoor pool and recreation area on the ninth floor of the hotel, according to the report. A fence about 5 feet high encloses the area. Krochalk later died at Wishard Memorial Hospital.

Joseph McAtee, IMPD Area II commander, said Krochalk was wearing swimming trunks or shorts. McAtee said the man left his belongings, including his wallet, on a table near the pool, but he left no identification.

McAtee said none of the witnesses who spoke to police knew the man.

Hotel officials who were present at the accident scene after police left declined to comment on the incident.

No injuries on the ground were reported, police said. ..more.. by Indy Star

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