A man killed himself in a Maryland jail after he was arrested for a misdemeanor and could not post his $100 bond.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office announced its investigation into the death of Tevin Garcia, 24, on Tuesday.
Garcia, who was living in Waldorf, was arrested on July 7 and charged with concealing a dangerous weapon and with providing a false identity to avoid prosecution for a crime, according to court records.
He had a record of other encounters with the criminal justice system, including a citation for alcoholic beverage possesion in a prohibited place in April and convictions for second-degree assault and for possessing drug paraphernalia in 2012.
This time, he was held at the Charles County Detention Center, according to the sheriff’s office, because he could not pay the $100 bond. According to court records, he was scheduled to go to trial on July 22.
But on July 13, at 3:02 a.m., officers at the jail found him unconscious on the floor of his cell. He had a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and tied to the top bunk, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office said that officers at the jail tried CPR and an automatic external defibrillator before Garcia was taken to a hospital. He died at the hospital shortly after he arrived there, and the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore ruled his death a suicide.
Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said that guards had last checked on Garcia 25 minutes before he was found unconscious. They did not know of any mental health problems he was suffering, she said.