Man found unconcious at D.C. lockup has died
A 38-year-old man found unconscious Thursday in a cell at the D.C. police department's 7th District station was pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said. He was identified as Gerard E. Hayes of Southeast Washington, who had been arrested for allegedly accosting his ex-girlfriend with a gun in Prince William County.
D.C. police and emergency medical services officials offered few details about the incident Thursday, saying only that a male prisoner had been found unconscious in a cell at the station about 11:30 a.m. and taken to George Washington University Hospital. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump confirmed Friday that the man died. She said the circumstances of his death were under investigation and that the department would release no further information.
In a statement Friday, Officer Erika Hernandez, a Prince William police spokeswoman, identified the man as Hayes, who lived in the 2300 block of Irving Street SE.
Hernandez said that Hayes's 31-year-old ex-girlfriend, of the 14700 block of Potomac Branch Drive in Woodbridge, called county police about 1:30 a.m. Thursday to report that Hayes had entered her home a few hours earlier, woken her up and held her against her will at gunpoint. Prince William police obtained an arrest warrant for Hayes on charges of armed burglary, abduction and using a firearm during a felony, Hernandez said.
She said D.C. police and deputy U.S. marshals arrested Hayes in Southeast Washington about 9 a.m. Thursday and took him to the 7th District station, where he was found unconscious about 2 1/2 hours later.
Washington Post editors
January 29, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
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