Bexar inmate kills himself with plastic spoon + Other unexpected Bexar County jail suicides

By | June 30, 2012

Bexar County Jail inmate Robert Rodriguez, 29, reportedly stabbed himself to death with a sharpened plastic spoon inside his jail cell Wednesday afternoon. Photo: CourtesyUpdated 08:33 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Bexar County Jail inmate committed suicide in his cell today using a plastic spoon, officials said.

Robert Rodriguez, 29, was found unconscious and bleeding by a guard in the administrative segregation unit around noon, Deputy Chief Ronald Bennett of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said.

“It appears there were self-inflicted wounds from a plastic spoon he had made sharp and used to stab himself,†Bennett said.

Rodriguez was arrested June 9 on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance, and was booked into the jail’s detoxification unit the next day.

At some point since then, Bennett said, he was placed on administrative segregation, or lockdown.

He was not on suicide watch, officials said.

via Bexar inmate kills himself with plastic spoon – San Antonio Express-News.

There have been other unexpected suicides in that particular jail.

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Suspect in double murder found dead in Bexar County Jail cell

A suspect in a San Antonio double murder has been found dead said local authorities. They say 36-year-old Corey Hiller took a bed sheet and hanged himself early Monday morning.

Last month Hiller was charged with capital murder in the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend, 39-year-old Rhonda Hammonds, and her friend, 50-year-old Casey Sweetwood in April 19. … An officer reportedly woke Hiller at around 4 a.m. and started getting him ready for the court appearance.

While making regular rounds 15 minutes later, officers say they found Hiller unresponsive. His bed sheet was tied to the top of a bunk. He was not under a suicide watch. … Bexar County officials say suicide is rare in jail. This is the first case so far this year. In 2011 there were two.



Leroy Sanchez Jr., 25, died at the Christus Santa Rosa Hospital last Thursday, days after Bexar County Detention Center guards found him hanging from a bed sheet in his cell. Sanchez’s death now sets the Bexar County jail on the uneasy track to surpass last year’s inmate suicide tally. …

So far this year, three Bexar County Detention Center inmates have died in suicide attempts at the jail, the same number of jail suicides in all of 2010. …

A total of four inmates have died at the Bexar County jail this year, including Pamela Anguiano, 25, who died in the jail’s detox unit on July 20.

The frequency of inmate suicides at the Bexar County lockup started to raise eyebrows after 2009, when all six of the jail’s in-custody deaths were ruled suicides, three times the national average. Last year, acknowledging the problem, Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz requested a report from nationally recognized suicide-prevention expert Lindsay Hayes to identify problems and fixes for the jail.

In his report, Hayes called the jail’s suicide prevention system a “misnomer†and remarked, “It would appear that the jail system has an unexplained tolerance for potentially suicidal behavior.â€

I’ve heard of guards who think they are doing society a favor by abusing inmates, encouraging them to fight each other and looking the other way as they kill each other. Do guards kill inmates and call it suicide? I haven’t found a documented case of that. If it were to happen, and a prison guard was sent to prison, I can’t imagine that person would survive.

Adrian Rodriguez, 31, died Saturday, two days after he tried to hang himself in the Bexar County Jail. Officials ruled his death a suicide, caused by complications of a hanging. Courtesy photoUpdated 05:29 p.m., Monday, June 27, 2011

Adrian Rodriguez, 31, was pronounced dead at University Hospital on Saturday. He had been found hanging in a detoxification cell at the jail Thursday, the Bexar County medical examiner’s office said. He died of complications of a hanging; his death was ruled a suicide.

San Antonio police had arrested Rodriguez, who has a lengthy criminal record, on a robbery charge June 21. A screening at the City Magistrate’s office and again at the jail, where he saw a psychologist, found “no indication that he was suicidal,†said Deputy Chief Dale Bennett, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Medical unit guards found Rodriguez during a routine 30-minute cell check.

While in the hospital, he was given a personal recognizance bond Friday, so “he was technically not in custody,†said Adan Munoz, executive director of Texas Commission on Jail Standards. “We are going to follow up, if there’s anything there, but it’s not being handled as an in-custody death.â€



Comment On July 25, 2011 on

When an inmate dies in custody the Sheriff’s Office must submit all documentation relating to that inmate to The Texas Commission on Jail Standards. They, in turn, review the paperwork and decide if procedures were followed. The Medical Examiner’s Office will also generate a report on the autopsy. That’s three different outside agencies involved. Maybe it was something the jail staff did or didn’t do. Maybe it was something the medical staff did or didn’t do. Or maybe everything was done right and it was just something that was going to happen no matter what anyone did….

The jail site lists a number of cases where a jailer, deputy or prison guard was trouble with the law, and a few for excessive force.

…. September 20, 2011 – 5:48 am – Sgt. Robert Morales, assigned to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office’s version of internal affairs, has admitted to illegally running a background check on a woman’s ex-husband.  This charge is a class B misdemeanor.  The District Attorney’s office is not going to prosecute Morales.  Sgt. Morales has been re-assigned to patrol …



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