Death of man found in Allegheny County jail cell ruled suicide

Allegheny County jail

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man charged with two armed bank robberies who was found dead in the Allegheny County jail killed himself.
The county medical examiner’s office said Monday that 39-year-old Joel Velasquez-Reyes died at about 8 p.m. Saturday after hanging himself. His death was ruled suicide.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports ( ) that Velasquez-Reyes was scheduled for a court hearing Tuesday. He was facing various charges including robbery, conspiracy and gun violations.
Police say he took $9,500 from a bank at gunpoint in April and $14,500 from another bank in May.
The newspaper said the death was the third at the jail since April. Allegheny County police are investigating.


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