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Man found unconcious at D.C. lockup has died

Washington Post editors

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.

-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post editors  |  January 29, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
Categories:  Paul Duggan , Pr. William , The District  
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Comments

Im glad that the DC Jail, has kept up with the PG County Jail & installed its own Ronnie White Memorial Cell.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | January 29, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It seems like 7th District are off to a bad year already, first a dirty cop and now a questionable death while in custody. What's next ?

Posted by: lclemons76 | January 29, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

to serve and protect how do you protect when suspects are hurt or even dies in police custody? wow! a lot of that going around huh?

Posted by: ladyaiken | January 30, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

why take Gerard Hayes to George Washington hospital, when Greater South east hospital ( or what ever the new name )is a few blocks away, very bad move.

Posted by: ladyaiken | January 30, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

@Robbnitafl, this unfortunate incident did not occur at the DC Jail. Get your facts straight! According to the article, this happened at the 7th District Station. That is a police station, not a jail!

Posted by: NursRob | January 30, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What race was the girlfriend?

Posted by: peace4all2 | January 30, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Do the police check on prisoners from time to time or just forget them?

Posted by: budwebb | January 31, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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