BRAWLEY — A man tried to hang himself in a Police Department holding cell here Monday morning shortly after being arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale.
Brawley police officers arrested Francisco "Frank" Uribe, 19, and his mother, Cathy Uribe, 37, both of Brawley, at 6:03 a.m., said Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham.
Around 8:10 a.m., an officer who had been with Frank Uribe left him alone briefly in one of the station's cells. Uribe took off his T-shirt and threaded it through an 8-inch square air vent in the ceiling above the cell's toilet, Graham said.
When the officer returned, he saw Uribe on the toilet and yelled at him to get down, at which point the officer saw the T-shirt around the man's neck, Graham said.