Inmate In Critical Condition After Attempting Suicide

Published by The Bee News

July 12, 2018

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KINGMAN–A Bullhead City man reportedly tried to kill himself late Tuesday afternoon at the Mohave County jail in Kingman.

Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said jail detention officers were alerted around 5 p.m. to an inmate reportedly attempting to hang himself.

The inmate has been identified as John Jesus Rodriguez, 29, of Bullhead City.

Mortensen said detention officers performed life-saving measures until medical staff arrived on scene. Rodriguez was than taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

He remains in critical condition.

Rodriguez reportedly made comments to jail staff about “never seeing the light of day” in reference to his charges.

Rodriguez was apprehended by Bullhead City Police officers earlier this week after he allegedly tried to break into his ex-girlfriend’s new apartment.

In May, Rodriguez allegedly strangled his than-girlfriend to unconsciousness before fleeing the residence as police were arriving. He was wanted on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and prohibited weapons possession.

This is the third attempted hanging in the Mohave County jail in less than a year.

In March, a Kingman man reportedly attempted to hang himself in his jail cell. Life-saving measures were taken by jail personnel. He was taken to a Las Vegas hospital to recover.

In April 2016, Ty James Wharton, 22, of Bullhead City, was hospitalized after he was found hanging in his cell.

However, not all inmates were saved from their attempts.

In December 2017, Carrie Hansen, 40, of Lake Havasu City, committed suicide in her jail cell by apparent hanging.

In November 2017, a Bullhead City man reportedly killed himself by hanging. The mother of Anthony Trujillo has spoken out vehemently about her son’s death, claiming he was allegedly killed by another inmate and the hanging was a cover up.

Francis Trujillo has since contacted the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to request a formal investigation into her son’s death and the operations of the Mohave County jail and its staff.

The current status of the investigation is not know at this time.


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