For Immediate Release - July 09, 2007

Man Who Fell Down Cliff Following Housebreak Dies

Alex Bonah, 34, of Revere, who fell while scaling down a cliff in Swampscott after he'd burglarized a home in that town, died at 12:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. An autopsy conducted that same day at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston determined the cause of death to be head trauma, due to an accidental fall.

According to Swampscott Police and State Police investigators assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Bonah burglarized a home at 16 Banks Road just after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, stealing jewelry and about $100 in cash. A neighbor who witnessed the break-in called police.

Officers responded and a foot chase involving four Swampscott police officers ensued, eventually leading to the Paradise Road area. Officers ordered Bonah to stop, but he instead tried to scale down a cliff estimated to be 40-50 feet high.

Civilian witnesses told police he was descending the cliff when he appeared to lose his footing and fell. No officers were near him at the time of his fall.

Bonah was med-flighted directly to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after his fall.