Las Vegas Sun

September 17, 2019

Currently: 74° — Complete forecast

Boy, 16, jumps from Stratosphere

A 16-year-old Las Vegas boy jumped to his death after he scaled two fences on the 109th floor of the Stratosphere Tower Saturday night.

Levi Walton Presley jumped from the outdoor observation deck about 6 p.m. Saturday, landing on the driveway to the hotel by Las Vegas Boulevard, Metro Police said.

Presley's death was ruled a suicide by the Clark County coroner's office.

Stratosphere security guards were alerted by an alarm system that Presley had climbed over the first 5-foot fence , said Mike Gilmartin, a hotel spokesman.

"The officer got there in about 10 to 15 seconds (after the alarm), but he didn't give the officer a chance," Gilmartin said. "(Presley) he climbed over the (second 10-foot high) fence, waved and then jumped."

In January 2000 a 24-year-old Utah man also scaled the two security barriers and jumped off the 1,149-foot tower to his death.

archive