An inmate in a Rikers Island jail was found dead earlier today, in what is being investigated as a possible suicide, the Voice has learned.
The 41-year-old inmate, who had a history of arrests and psychiatric issues, was being held in the Anna M. Kross Center on a burglary charge. The Voice is withholding the inmate’s name pending notification of his relatives. A Correction Department spokesman declined to discuss the incident until the family had been notified.
Our initial chronology of this case was a bit off. We had initially said that he had been in intake for days after his arrest, which does not turn out to be the case.
We have since learned the inmate was arrested on Oct. 6, admitted to the mental observation unit at AMKC on Oct. 7, and after a couple of days there, was sent to intake to be processed out for a court appearance today in Queens.
The initial speculation that he had done it on an intake pen containing other inmates was not accurate. He appears to have been alone, possibly in a bathroom, when he killed himself.
More as details develop.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 9, 2012