Guam -The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the death of former Guam resident Glenn Young Ybanez.
Metro Police Spokesperson Bill Cassell explains to PNC News what happened before Ybanez died. Cassell says Ybanez was pulled over last week Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada during a routine traffic stop. He was a passenger in the car. It was later determined that Ybanez had two oustanding warrants. Cassell says quote when the officer went to arrest him, he fled on foot.
The officer chased Ybanez for about 850 feet before he was apprehended. “There was a very brief, very minor struggle at the end of the foot chase,” Cassell says. Assisting the police officer were two bystanders.
At this point, the officer noticed Ybanez to be in medical distress. Ybanez asked to receive medical assistance. More police officers arrived and Cassell says they removed the handcuffs and re-examined him at which point he stopped breathing. CPR was administered and he was then brought to an area hospital. Ybanez died the next day.
Cassell says the coroner will release the exact cause of death, but he adds that it may take 5-6 weeks for the toxicology results.
Meanwhile, the Ybanez family is in Las Vegas seeking answers and justice. They believe Ybanez’s death may have been caused by police. Upon seeing Ybanez, they noted bruising and lumps around his face and body. Richard Ybanez, Glenn’s brother, said his family will be seeking legal advice.