Man hangs himself in jail


A 28-year-old man accused of stalking his former roommate and repeatedly harassing her hanged himself Thursday night in a holding cell at the Annapolis Police Department.

David P. Demsko of Shaw Street, Annapolis, was found hanging from a noose fashioned from his shirt about 15 minutes after he was placed in the basement jail cell, police said.

The cell hanging was the first in the Annapolis police force's history, said department spokesman Dermott Hickey.

The police are investigating the hanging to determine whether any procedures should be changed, Mr. Hickey said.

Mr. Demsko was waiting to be arraigned on charges of telephone misuse, trespassing and battery after he had been caught on the balcony of an apartment in the 900 block of Primrose Road, police said.

He was placed in a holding cell without his shoes or belt, according to police regulations to prevent suicide, Mr. Hickey said. Fifteen minutes later, he was found suffocated to death, with the noose fashioned from his shirt tied to a cell bar.

Paramedics tried to revive Mr. Demsko without success, and he was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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