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Man attempts suicide in Brawley holding cell

March 14, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

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.


Uribe slipped from the toilet as the officer called for help, Graham said, adding the officer tried to hold him up.

"He was suspended for ten to 15 seconds at most," Graham said. "Fortunately, we got to him in time."

Uribe was cut down and transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, from where Graham said he was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido as a precautionary measure.

Uribe remained in critical care at Palomar Medical Center as of presstime this morning.

Cathy Uribe was taken to the county jail, where she remained this morning on $15,000 bail.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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