Detainee dead after suspected suicide

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Guam – A detainee was discovered dead this morning at the Department of Corrections’ Mangilao compound.

According to DOC Director Tony Lamorena, detainee Vincent Philip Siguenza Cruz was last seen alive and well at six o’clock this morning, during a routine check. Thirty minutes later he was found unresponsive in his cell in Post 5, the medium security housing unit.

Lamorena said the preliminary investigation indicates this case may be a suicide, as Cruz was in his cell by himself. The cell was reportedly locked and not accessible to any other inmate.

Cruz had been detained at DOC since his arrest last year, when he allegedly held a family hostage and fired shots at police. Earlier this year Cruz pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Director Lamorena said the case has been forwarded to the Guam Police Dept. for further investigation and that Chief Medical Examiner Aurelio Espinola has indicated an autopsy will be conducted by tomorrow.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.