Pennsylvania Man Cuts Off Arm, Hand With Electric Saw In Botched Suicide Attempt

10/18/2011 04:21 pm ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011
  • David Lohr Senior Crime Reporter, The Huffington Post

A Pennsylvania man who cut off his arm and hand was trying to take his life, according to police in Philadelphia.

"It was an attempted suicide," Philadelphia police spokeswoman Jillian Russell told The Huffington Post.

The incident occurred on the evening of October 12, inside a home in in Northeast Philadelphia.

A 34-year-old man, who is not being identified, cut off one of his arms below the elbow with an electric saw. Afterward, he cut the hand off the amputated arm and hid the body parts inside his home, police said.

The man was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for treatment.

“He’s still in critical condition,” Russell said.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the man wanted to take his life.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.