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Arrestee Found Hanged In Staten Island Police Station Lockup

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man was found hanged in his jail cell this week, after being arrested when police caught him sleeping in a restaurant on Staten Island.

Police were dispatched around 10:45 p.m. this past Thursday to the restaurant at 1005 Castleton Ave. in the West New Brighton section of Staten Island. The El Tenampa Deli and Restaurant is located at the address.

The man was arrested for criminal trespass and resisting arrest, and taken to the 120th Precinct police station, at 78 Richmond Ter. on Staten Island, for processing.

Around 3:16 a.m. Friday, the suspect – a 57-year-old man – was found hanging from a belt in his cell at the police station lockup, police said.

The unidentified man was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau has launched an investigation into the man’s death.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s office was to conduct an autopsy. Information about the autopsy was not immediately available Saturday.

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