Sex-assault suspect attempts suicide

January 05, 2008|By Justin Fenton

A man who was mistakenly released from a Baltimore prison in November, though he is accused of sex assault involving a cattle prod, attempted to kill himself in a Louisiana jail Wednesday, according to law enforcement officials.

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office said that Ronald Lee Moore used a nylon string from a mesh laundry bag to hang himself from an air-conditioning vent. Deputies discovered Moore about 4 p.m. and administered CPR, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

He was taken first to St. Charles Parish Hospital, then was transferred to Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, where he was listed in poor condition.

Moore, 40, was arrested Christmas Eve in Destrehan, La., where he was charged with burglary after being spotted riding a bicycle and carrying a bag of tools near the site of a break-in, said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange of the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.

Moore gave an alias but was identified through fingerprints after being taken into custody, authorities said.

Moore had been on the run since Nov. 21, when he was released from the Baltimore City Correctional Center after serving about seven years of a 13-year sentence for assault and burglary. Officials had been instructed to move Moore to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center but released him because of a clerical error.

Last year, police linked Moore to a 1999 sex assault in a Glen Burnie apartment in which a man forced a woman to perform sex acts and shocked her with a cattle prod.

Moore is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 5 on charges that include first- and second-degree sex offense.

Moore's Louisiana cellmate said he had spoken to Moore 10 minutes before he was found and that he seemed fine, the sheriff's office said. He was not on suicide watch nor had corrections officers received any information that raised concerns.

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