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Webb County Jail Inmate Commits Suicide

Federico Reyes (Photo Courtesy: Webb County Sheriff's Department)
Federico Reyes (Photo Courtesy: Webb County Sheriff's Department)(KGNS)
Published: Dec. 16, 2016 at 11:07 AM CST
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A man in jail who had been facing five felony counts for Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child has died.

Federico Reyes, 39, committed suicide at the Webb County Jail on Thursday night. The Sheriff's Department say he found a time in between cell checks.

Reyes was found at 7:54 pm, and had been held at the Webb County Jail since November 15.

Reyes was being housed separate from the other inmates in a segregated cell.

The Sheriff's Department says they check cells every 30 minutes to look in on the inmates.

Acting between those checks, they report Reyes used his uniform to hang himself.

According to authorities, there had not been any prior indication of his intentions.

"He never reported to us that he wanted to commit suicide," says Chief Federico Garza. "We don't have any indication in the medical forms that he filled out, and the interview that he had or that he told our officers that he wanted to commit suicide."

Reyes was found by officers who initiated CPR until EMS units arrived.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour later, at 8:42 pm.

The investigation continues, despite Reyes' death.

The Police Department says they will continue working to identify victims in what they have called one of the worst cases they have seen.

According to the Sheriff's Department, this is the only case of an inmate committing suicide while in jail this year.

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