Middle River man, 52, dies in custody of police

June 25, 2005|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A 52-year-old Middle River man died yesterday in Baltimore County police custody after complaining that he didn't feel well, a police spokesman said.

Police were investigating the death of Marvin Henry Carroll of the 300 block of Shagbark Road, and an autopsy was scheduled yesterday. Police said there were no signs of trauma to Carroll.

Carroll was arrested Thursday by Baltimore City police on a bench warrant issued May 12 by a Baltimore County circuit judge after Carroll failed to appear in court on a drug possession charge, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Carroll was taken to the White Marsh precinct by county police for processing, which began about 12:30 a.m., Vinson said. Carroll had told officers that he did not feel well but refused an offer to be taken to a hospital for treatment, Vinson said.

Three other prisoners were being held in the precinct's cell, said Vinson.

Carroll was in the back of a police car about 1:40 a.m. yesterday in the driveway of the county's detention center in Towson when he experienced pain and lost consciousness, police said. Paramedics transported Carroll to St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Vinson said.

Because a bench warrant had been issued, Carroll would have been held without bail at the county detention center until a court appearance was scheduled, Vinson said.

One of Carroll's three daughters said she is concerned about the circumstances surrounding her father's death.

"We want to know what happened," said Lashella Stokely, who said that her father was in good health. She also said he was being treated for addiction and that his wife of 32 years had recently died.

Carroll is the second person to die in Baltimore County police custody in the past month.

A 46-year-old city man died in a holding cell at the department's Franklin precinct May 28.

Glenn Hawkins of the 2700 block of Ruscombe Lane in Northwest Baltimore was awaiting a bail review hearing after being charged with taking a woman's purse at the Owings Mills Mall food court. Officers found him unconscious in his cell; he had no pulse and was not breathing. His death is under investigation, Vinson said. Detectives are awaiting autopsy results, which will likely take two to three more weeks, he said.

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