What started off as a sunny and bright weekday morning soon devolved into one filled solely with darkness and depression for one local AP citizen; a day that she had decided would be her last. Twenty-six year old Aerilin Jones, owner of the Skin Deep Parlor and Piercings, had planned on ending her life this morning by jumping off of the top of the island’s lighthouse. However, quick thinking on behalf of locals who had spotted her - and an even quicker response by the APPD – helped to save her life.
Having been plagued with multiple crises over the past few months – from robberies and rapes, to many other untold personal trials – the pregnant Ms. Jones had certainly undergone more than her fair share of recent disasters.
However, today was not to be her unluckiest of days, as the APPD arrived quickly on the scene to help defuse the situation.
While Officer Arywyn Davies managed the crowd that had slowly started to gather (including members of Ms. Jones’ family, her friends, and even her fiancé), Detective Chrysanthe Lorefield got a hold of the frantic woman by cell phone. Sadly, plans to simply talk the other woman down were dashed when Ms. Jones’ cell phone went toppling over the edge of the lighthouse; smashing on the ground below.
It was time for plan B.
As Ms. Jones had barricaded the doors to the lighthouse before preparing to jump, extra measures had to be taken in order to get inside – before the rescuers could even think of going up. It was therefore through a back window that Officer John Blackout managed to get indoors; removing the barricade and allowing the others of the team to enter.
Once inside, there was some confusion as two members of the public – Jacky Jones (Ms. Jones’ cousin) and her friend Monny – attempted to also make their way up the lighthouse to help their distressed pal. However the situation unfolded at the top was unseen by the press, but sources say that there was much shouting and havoc that went on.
At long last, however, Ms. Jones was indeed halted from jumping to her untimely demise, and was finally brought down by the APPD in order to be brought to hospital for mental evaluation and assessment.
And though the sun was still shining throughout this entire ordeal, one must wonder: how black were the thoughts of Ms. Jones to decide that suicide was the only solution?
For anyone else feeling such desperation, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach out to the AP Hospital.