Autopsy set for man who died after arrest

County police report kin said he had used cocaine

July 06, 2004|By Tom Pelton | Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF

A 48-year-old Owings Mills man with a history of heart problems who is believed to have smoked crack cocaine died after being handcuffed by police responding to a domestic violence complaint late Sunday, Baltimore County police said.

Uli Yahu was pronounced dead after being taken by paramedics to Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, Sgt. Edward Forbes said yesterday.

A preliminary examination of his body did not find any evidence of injury, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said. The state medical examiner's office was to conduct an autopsy, police said.

About 11 p.m. Sunday, Forbes said, Yahu's wife called 911 to complain that he was physically abusing her and tried to throw her out of a window at their home in the first block of Meriam Court.

Police found Yahu in an upstairs bedroom, highly agitated and acting violently, stumbling over furniture, Forbes said.

Family members told officers that Yahu had been smoking crack cocaine earlier in the evening, Forbes said.

Yahu fell to the floor without being pushed by police, and officers handcuffed him, Forbes said. Yahu then suffered an apparent cardiac arrest, and police called for an ambulance.

The man's relatives told police that he had an enlarged heart and was taking drugs for hypertension, Forbes said.

Yahu had a criminal record that included convictions on drug and bad check charges, and several other arrests. In July 2002, when he lived in the 10000 block of Cascade Falls Court in Owings Mills, police followed a trail of blood after a burglary and charged Yahu with breaking into a neighboring apartment. That case's outcome couldn't be determined yesterday.

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