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Cuyahoga County Jail inmates died in hanging, other had drugs in system

September 4, 2018

Cuyahoga County Jail inmates died in hanging, other had drugs in system

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Jail inmates who died last week in the downtown jail died of a hanging and another with drugs in his system , according to medical examiner records.

Those two deaths, a third in the county-run Euclid jail, and two more earlier in the summer are the most inmate deaths in Cuyahoga County in one year in at least a decade.

The two who died earlier in the week had been housed at the downtown Cleveland Justice Center.

Gregory Fox, 36, was found hanging in his jail cell on Aug. 28. He died two days later at MetroHealth.

Medical examiner notes viewed by cleveland.com said Fox suffered from bipolar disorder and anxiety and had attempted to commit suicide in January by overdosing on prescription pills. 

Fox was jailed on $125,000 bond on charges that accused him of raping a child.

Joseph Arquillo, 47, cause of death has not been officially determined, but toxicology screenings showed he had opiates, cocaine and benzodiazepines, commonly found in drugs such as Valium or Zanax. 

Arquillo, a military veteran, also suffered from a laceration on his liver, medical examiner records say. He was jailed on a probation violation stemming from two 2017 convictions for unauthorized use of a car and writing a bad check.

Cuyahoga County officials have not yet said how a third inmate being housed in the county-run Euclid jail died. Randy Kain, 46, of Lakewood, died Friday after being taken from the satellite jail to Euclid Hospital, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said Kain was booked into the county jail downtown on July 31 and was transferred to the Euclid jail on Aug. 10. The Euclid jail houses non-violent offenders and the jail features an array of rehabilitation services, such as job-placement training.

Madigan said inmates are only transferred to the jail if they pass medical screenings, which Kain did.

She said he ate lunch about noon Friday and was found unconscious in his cell an hour later. He was taken to the hospital, where he died about 2 p.m.

Kain had several warrants out for his arrest from police departments across the county, all of which were misdemeanor crimes, including charges of drug possession and theft.

Madigan said all three deaths are under internal investigation. 

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