Wife Arrested After Tulsa Man Falls To His Death From 25th Floor Apartment


Tuesday, June 7th 2011, 6:02 pm
By: News On 6


NewsOn6.com & Lacie Lowry, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Police arrested the wife of a man who fell 17 stories to his death from a Tulsa apartment building Tuesday afternoon.

Amber Hilberling, 19, was arrested in the death of her husband, Joshua Hilberling.  She was booked into the Tulsa County jail on a complaint of first degree murder.

Tulsa Police were called to the University Club Tower at 17th and South Carson about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"What I heard was big bang at first and I'm thinking it was an earthquake. Then I looked out the window and I saw the person," Mina White, a resident, said.

Tulsa Police said Joshua, in his 20s, died after a 17-floor fall from the 25th floor.

"My reaction was what in the world is going on? Is the heat getting to people?" White said.

According to the arrest report, Amber Hilberling told officers she and Joshua got into an argument and she pushed him with her hands, causing him to fall through the window.

"There was some sort of argument, it was brief, and then the crashing of the window and the gentleman fell out of the window," Tulsa Police Sergeant Dave Walker said.

Residents looked over balconies at the scene below, wondering what happened in the moments before the man's death.

"It's kind of freaky," Catherine Freeman said. "We just moved here and no one knows how to get their car out right now because it is just all covered in glass in the back park gate."

Amber Hilberling is being held in the Tulsa County jail on $500,000 bond.

According to court documents, Joshua Hilberling filed an emergency protective order against his wife on May 10, 2011. That protective order was dismissed two weeks later when the couple didn't show up to court.

Read emergency protective order filed by Joshua Hilberling