Kenneth Earl Suggs, 25, was arrested late Thursday evening after his mother complained to Prince George's County police that he was being disorderly outside her Oxon Hill apartment.
Five hours later Suggs was dead. Police said he had removed his trousers and used them to hang himself from the door of his jail cell. His death was ruled a suicide, although his mother, Emma Suggs, expressed disbelief.
Suggs, who had been admitted to St. Elizabeths Hospital on an emergency basis "exhibiting signs of alcoholism" in February, according to a spokesman, had remained an outpatient at the hospital.
He was unemployed, and a neighbor said he often seemed depressed and argued with his mother at their apartment at 1101 Southview Rd.
According to police, Officer WalterCheshler answered a call from Suggs' mother at 8:45 p.m., heard Suggs shouting obscenities at his mother and tried to calm him. When Suggs started kicking the apartment door, the officer grabbed him, police and Emma Suggs agree.
Suggs was taken to the Oxen Hill Police Station, where a District Court commissioner set bond at $200. Having no money with him, Suggs was taken at 12:30 a.m. to a cell in which suspects are held until a sheriff's vehicle takes them to the county jail inUpper Marlboro.
Between 12:45 when police checked on him, and 1:55 a.m., when he was found dead, police said he had removed his trousers, tied one leg around his neck and the other around a bar a the top of the cell door, slid down the door and strangled. He was found, according to police by a sheriff's deputy who had arrived to take him to the county jail. Attempts at resuscitation failed, they said.
Police said that before suspects are jailed their belts and shoelaces are routinely removed. They said Suggs' was wearing neither.
There were no witnesses to Suggs' death, according to police.
Police said they learned that Suggs had previously tried to commit suicide.
Suggs' mother expressed doubt that Suggs could have hanged himself because he was drunk and had a hand injury, suffered earlier. She said the only reason she called police was because shedidn't want her son around the apartment in his drunken state.
"I said take him somewhere, I don't want him here tonight. I can't sleep here at night when he is drunk."
Police said their investigation of the matter is complete.