Lake County Jail Death Investigation After Park City Man, Age 31, Found Dead in Cell

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On September 19, 2018 at approximately 11:05 AM, a man was found unresponsive, alone, in his cell, in the Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU). ASU is the maximum-security section of the jail, and all cells only house one inmate per cell. The inmate was placed in ASU due to disruptive behavior and threatening harm toward other inmates.

As a result of the death which occurred at the Lake County Jail, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to begin an immediate investigation, as is protocol.

First-aid and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) were administered. Waukegan Paramedics arrived on the scene, continued life-saving measures, and transported the man to Vista East Hospital in Waukegan, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

The 31-year-old man from Park City was brought to the Lake County Jail on felony charges on July 17, 2018. He had been in custody at the Lake County Jail for the last 64 days.

In August of 2018, a Lake County Judge found the man unfit to stand trial on his charges and he was ordered held until the Illinois Department of Human Services determined appropriate placement/treatment.

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force was on the scene conducting the independent investigation. The Lake County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Thursday afternoon.


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