Arizona: Inmate Héctor Medrano dies suspiciously in Tucson

Inmate Héctor Medrano was found unconscious in his cell at the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Despite...

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  • Inmate Héctor Medrano was found unconscious in his cell at the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
  • Despite attempts by paramedics to revive him, the man was pronounced dead in the Arizona jail.
  • He is the second Hispanic inmate to die in that same jail and under strange circumstances in four months.

Inmate Héctor Medrano died in his cell at the Pima County Jail, Arizona, and the cause of his death is so far a mystery.

Medrano, 27, was found unconscious in his cell at the 4:00 a.m. count on Sunday, September 6, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona by a custodian of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).

According to a statement from the authorities, sent to MundoHispánicoUntil now, the causes of the death of inmate Héctor Medrano are unknown.

The PCSO has ordered an autopsy on the body of the inmate Héctor Medrano to determine any legal responsibility of the prison staff, if any.

When Héctor Medrano was discovered in his unconscious cell, the prison guards requested the presence of paramedics from the Tucson Fire Department (TFD).

However, the TFD paramedics were no longer able to resuscitate the inmate and he was pronounced dead in his cell.

The PCSO has not reported until now if Héctor Medrano was in his cell alone or if he shared it with other prisoners.

The corporation said in its statement that the death of Héctor Medrano remains a case open to investigation although, so far, no inmate or custodian has faced charges.

Héctor Medrano was detained in the Pima County Jail, detained since last Thursday in September 2020, accused of shoplifting in the south of Tucson, Arizona, according to his admission record.

The Hispanic inmate Héctor Medrano, 27, was found in his cell unconscious and the paramedics could do nothing to save his life. (Photo: Pima County Sheriff’s Office)

Medrano was arrested by the Tucson Police Department (TPD, for its acronym in English) as he was allegedly responsible for at least two thefts of merchandise in department stores in the south of the city.

According to the accusation against Héctor Medrano, the man had been wanted since March 202 for those charges of alleged theft of merchandise and he did not detail what he stole.

In addition to facing his two robbery trials, Héctor Medrano faced another accusation in April 2020 for criminal transfer to private property.

The boy was someone well known to authorities in Tucson, Arizona.

During the last ten years Héctor Medrano was accused of at least 60 crimes ranging from robbery, drug possession, theft of department stores, damage to private property and trespassing on private property with criminal intent.

However, many of the cases the boy faced were dismissed by various criminal judges in Pima County.

The documentation of the case against Héctor Medrano indicated that the man would have his first court hearing on the morning of Wednesday, September 16, 2020, for his last two counts of robbery and the criminal trespassing charge.

Héctor Medrano had not appointed a lawyer to represent him in the three charges against him. In his arrest record, the prosecutor noted that the boy was an alleged repeat thief and asked the judge to take note of that detail.

According to Pima County forensic records, Hector Medrano’s death is the second to be recorded in jail in the last four months.

The two deaths repeat the same pattern of Hispanic prisoners who died in their cell under strange circumstances.

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, the PCSO reported that inmate Ricardo Durán, 32, died in his cell also in that same detention center when the jailers found him in his cell unconscious also at the 4:15 p.m. count. the dawn.

Durán, also an inmate with a criminal record, was accused of two armed robberies and he himself had pleaded guilty to those crimes. When he died he was waiting to be sentenced.

Durán’s family was informed of his death. However, as of this writing the official cause of his death had not been disclosed by the authorities.

The report in the incident in the death of Durán, as in that of Héctor Medrano, details that a custodian found the man “unconscious in his cell” while doing his usual round of counting before breakfast.

The authorities also did not report whether Durán was alone, in a general bedroom, or if he shared the cell with other inmates.

No criminal charges were set for the death of the inmate Ricardo Durán, although the case remains “under investigation” according to a statement from the corporation.

Because this Monday, September 7, is Labor Day in the United States, a mandatory day of rest, the PCSO media service office had not responded to MundoHispánico an interview request on the case of the two deaths of the Hispanic inmates in the county jail.

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