W Hotel Evacuated After Apparent Chemical Suicide

Four floors of the Gateway Boulevard hotel were evacuated.

The off Gateway Boulevard in Newark was evacuated Sunday afternoon as a result of a suicide by chemicals.

Newark police issued the following press release regarding the incident:

On 7-1-12, at about 1:28pm, Newark PD responded to the W Suites, located at 8200 Gateway Blvd, to assist an outside law enforcement agency, who reported a possible suicide.

Upon arrival, Officers located what appeared to be a victim of suicide, with several notes displayed in the room warning to do not enter, use caution and to call the police.

Officers believed this to be a suicide by chemicals. With the help from Fremont PD and CHP, Officers evacuated the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor of the hotel as precaution and as recommended by Fire personnel.

At 2:02pm, Fire personnel advised that it was safe to reenter. There is no further information at this time. If further information becomes available, it will be released via Nixle.

Follow the Newark Police Department at nixle.com.

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James Nelson July 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Hey on the bright side, W can now feature a "Ghost of a Former Guest" in their marketing and gain big bank from all those people with special powers. Gold Mine opportunity!
Ronald E Van Ryn July 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Wow, James, a little early for " bright side", don't ya' think???
BMack July 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
This story shakes me to the core. 5 years ago today I lost my sister to suicide at a hotel in Livermore. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost their loved one = (
James Nelson July 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
You ever stay in that place Ronald? I have and I cannot for the life of me Justify paying what I did for something so poorly designed. I felt like I was at a Sex Cave and that those Orgy freaks were going to pop out at any moment and start getting it on. This Hotel isn't my kind of Swank, but on the other hand the Management has an Opportunity to Pimp the Property out to the Ghost Lovers in the area and make big $$$ off it. Times like this there's no such thing as a "Bad Financial" Decision. Look at the USS Hornet Museum! Or even Moss Beach Distillery. Mention Ghosts and people literally flock in droves. I'm not making Light of this persons Death by any means, we've all known someone who has Offed themselves at some point during our lives. I've experienced that Tragedy First Hand. But Life goes on, that whole Circle of Life thing.
Albert Rubio July 02, 2012 at 03:45 AM
>I'm not making Light of this persons Death by any means Quite Disingenuous.
James Nelson July 02, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Quite Disingenuous would be to post screen caps of Text Messages,showing how warped people in the City of Newark really are. Believe me, I hardly ever pass up a Sick N Twisted Joke as that's my Brand of Humor. But these were too Crass even for me to redistribute, given the Gravity and Nature of the Incident. The World is a Sick place, indeed.
J. Conseco July 02, 2012 at 10:32 AM
The maid could have made a killing! Just soak a bath towell in urine, wrap it around the mouth and nostrils, and retreive the wallet with some bbq tongs. Winner winner chicken dinner!
DeAnna_archived July 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I will not make comments about those that are no longer, with us. It is not in my character. I too, have lost a cousin to suicide. He lost his job as a reporter and his girlfriend within the same month. I wish hopelessness upon no one. Life is short and none of us are promised tomorrow. http://www.bakotopia.com/node/34637
DeAnna_archived July 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
My Other Cousins: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercedsunstar/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=104015845 http://bayarea.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=CABY_Justin_Andrade http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberlin_Brown#section_2
R8RSUE July 02, 2012 at 05:11 PM
B...I love you and I know this brings back horrible memories. Keep on Keepin on girl!! You know who this is!!!
R8RSUE July 02, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I feel so sorry for whomever this person is who decided to take their life. In this hotel...its darn scary because we stayed there on Valentines day 3 years ago and had the corner suite cant remember what floor and we didnt sleep all night due to the "Wind" and the banging sounds all night. When my husband got the manager they went outside to see what the hell kept us up all night...I thought maybe a flag banging...but guess what? NOTHING OUTSIDE TO MAKE ANY KIND OF NOISE!!! The night before they came up to the room at midnight....we had JUST gotten in and told us to be quiet....WE JUST GOT IN THE ROOM! The security officer laughed and said he was sorry...so for all that.....we got our room discounted and a free breakfast!!! I think there is ghost there alright...but why?
Fatso July 02, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Nice J. The body isn't even cold yet. You wouldn't be related to Jose Conseco, would you?
Fatso July 02, 2012 at 08:10 PM
OK, it's time for an update to this tragic story. If Nixle and The Patch are putting this out there, we should at least be told the details of the person's death. The public has a right to know the truth, especially if the incident was a potential public health hazard. What if kids were next door, etc. If I was a guest of that hotel, I sure as hell would want to know what happened and how it happened. Please comment if you agree with me (or not).
DeAnna_archived July 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Whomever is releasing the information, has to notify their family. Just because someone has a police scanner. It does not make them law enforcement. The Investigator / Chief / Officer will make a statement when it is appropriate.
Jay July 02, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I respectfully disagree with you, Fatso. The public has no right to know when someone takes their own life. The manner this person chose was dangerous, but at least they let the emergency crews know what they had done so precautions could be taken. No one else was hurt in a situation that could have been disastrous. That's all the public has a right to know.
reggieqh1 July 02, 2012 at 09:41 PM
It's on the Old Golf Course, didn't the Clubhouse burn down like twice before they demolished it? and wasn't someone shot there last year? Maybe it's on an old Indian burial grounds? or cursed?
James Nelson July 03, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Jay, I have to disagree with you're Sentiments. When any Person decides to commit Suicide in a Publicly Accessible Space such as a Hotel Room they forfeit any right to remain anonymous in terms of how they died, what they did or any other detailed Factor. Now I'd be willing to let a Public Suicide go with Questions unanswered only if said Suicide occurred within that Persons Home or on their Property. People will be accessing this Room in the Future, they deserve to know who all has died in that Room and how. This is Especially true if Multiple people have been found dead on the Hotel Property. Same goes for if someone is Found anywhere else in Public. Remember as a Business this Hotel is fair game to be scrutinized just like any other Business Entity.


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