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Detainee found dead in jail cell

August 27, 2008|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

A 31-year-old man apparently hanged himself while in jail in Hollywood, and the Los Angeles County coroner's office is investigating the death.

Donald McMasters was arrested on suspicion of robbery at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and was being held at the LAPD Hollywood Division jail. Staff members found his body at 10:45 p.m. while making routine cell checks, the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday in a statement.

Police did not use force during the arrest or detention, according to the statement.

Police investigators said they believed the death was a suicide and have turned the case over to the coroner's office, said Officer April Harding. Coroner's investigators did not return calls or e-mails Tuesday morning.

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