New York police detectives have confirmed that a father of three named Dale L. Cheney, 46, fell to his death from a rooftop bar in Times Square. The finance man had opened his own Connecticut-based investment company and was standing on the bar when he lost his balance and fell 45 stories straight to the ground, they said. At least two people witnessed his fatal fall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sources and police.
A spokesperson from the New York Police Department stated that the death was suspected to be a suicide. Cheney, the founder of T-street Capital, established the company in Darien, Connecticut about 40 miles northeast of Manhattan in 2013.
Prior to starting his firm, Cheney worked as an investment principal at Citicorp Venture Capital, which is a growth equity firm, since 2007. He also worked as an investment principal at Goldman Sachs for two years in 2005 before starting his own firm. While at Goldman Sachs, he was an analyst and board member of 6 different companies in 4 states. Additionally, as a board member and investor at six different companies in four states on his LinkedIn page, he worked with management teams and entrepreneurs.
The online profile claims that Cheney earned a Master’s Business Administration degree from Harvard University. It states that he lived in an apartment in New Canaan, Connecticut with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The apartment is reportedly worth more than $3.8 million, according to the Zillow profile.
According to police reports, his teenage and adult children were found at the scene. Two witnesses at a rooftop bar told the emergency responders that their father jumped off the building moments before his death. One woman called 911 and stated that she heard a loud sound.
We are in mourning over the recent tragedy that took place outside our rooftop bar. We sympathize with the victim’s loved ones and are maintaining positive thoughts for them during this difficult time,” General Manager Tom Blundell said through a public statement.
Blundell’s spokesperson stated that keeping the door to the bar’s outdoor space locked is a priority as a result of this tragic incident. They are working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all involved.
Over the past four months, someone has leapt from this bar’s edge to their death twice.
According to the NYPD, Elizabeth Gaglewski, a 26-year-old aspiring model from Queens, fell from Bar 54 and hit a 27th-floor balcony in October. A source told The New Post that staff tried to stop Gaglewski as she stood on the ledge before she could fall.