San Diego man, 33, suffocated on face mask in prison after being arrested for drugs: widow claims police tried to cover it up
- Autopsy has revealed that Omar Moreno Arroyo, 33, died after asphyxiation in a face mask while being held in the San Diego County Jail on January 6.
- His wife, Tammy Wilson, said she called 911 on the morning of January 6 because Arroyo was acting strangely and did not want her to take him to a hospital.
- Arroyo was subsequently arrested by sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine; he died in a cell before midnight
- His wife said police refused to tell her what happened to him and sealed the case within hours of his death, which was considered an accident.
- The medical examiner ruled that Arroyo died from accidental asphyxiation, with acute methamphetamine intoxication as a contributing factor
Omar Moreno Arroyo (pictured), 33, of California, who was detained on a drug charge in January, according to an autopsy.
A California man who was held in a district jail on a drug charge was reportedly suffocated on a face mask when his widow claimed police sealed the case within hours of his death and refused to tell her what had happened.
Omar Moreno Arroyo was held in San Diego County Jail in January pending release on charges of being under the influence of drugs. San Diego Union Tribune reported on Tuesday.
His wife, Tammy Wilson, said they were home when she called 911 on the morning of January 6 because Arroyo was acting strangely and did not want her to take him to a hospital.
The 33-year-old was subsequently arrested by sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine.
He died in a cell just before midnight.
The medical examiner ruled that Arroyo died of accidental asphyxiation, with acute methamphetamine intoxication as a contributing factor, according to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the medical examiner, Arroyo choked on a mask and could despite aggressive life-saving measures from paramedics.
“There were no illegal drugs, no prescription drugs, no alcoholic beverages, no tobacco products, and no notes of a suicidal nature,” medical researcher Scott Morrison wrote in a report accompanying the autopsy.
His wife, Tammy Wilson (left), said she called 911 on the morning of January 6 because Arroyo (right) was acting strangely and did not want her to take him to a hospital. She claims that hours after he died, the police sealed his case and refused to tell her what had happened
Arroyo’s death has been considered an accident. It is unclear why Arroyo was taken to jail, because according to the ‘zero bail’ policy, which reduces the number of prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities should quote people for certain crimes rather than jail them .
For this particular offense, Arroyo should have been cited and not taken to prison.
After his death, Wilson claimed the Sheriff’s Department sealed the case within hours of her husband’s death. She said they also refused to tell her what had happened.
According to the medical examiner’s report, obtained by the Tribune, a Sheriff’s detective told Morrison that Arroyo did not mention a face mask, but may have swallowed a bag of drugs before being arrested.
Morrison wrote, “Prison staff told me that on an X-ray, there appeared to be a foreign object in his stomach that (a) appears to be possibly ‘baggy’ by illegal means.”
While Arroyo tested positive for methamphetamine, the autopsy found no pouch in his stomach. Instead, Morrison found the mask.
In addition, the report says there was video footage showing Arroyo collapsing on the floor of the San Diego prison (pictured) and experiencing “ attack-like activity. ”
In addition, the report says there was video footage showing Arroyo falling to the ground and experiencing “attack-like activity.”
It is unclear what happened in the moments leading up to the suspected attack.
Wilson’s attorney Julia Yoo told the Tribune that the report does not refer to “nurses trying to save Omar’s life.”
‘There is no time reference as to when Omar fell. How long did it take between seizures for the deputies to get into jail? Yoo added.