New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – A man held in a Rikers Island jail hung himself in a bathroom reserved for Correction Department staff early Wednesday, sources said.
The detainee, identified as Kevin Bryan, 35, took his life at the Eric M Taylor Center after he was jumped by other detainees, said sources.
Somehow, Bryan became separated from the detainees who jumped him, and then got into the staff bathroom, the sources said.
Two officers and an assistant deputy warden kicked open the bathroom door, but Bryan could not be saved, the sources said. A Department of Correction statement said the the detainee died at 7:44am.
“We are very distressed to hear about the death of another person in custody,” DOC Commissioner Louis A Molina: said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to this individual’s loved ones.”
The department will investigate Bryan’s death, Molina said.
Bryan was the 14th detainee to die this year in city jails. Sixteen detainees in Correction Department custody died in 2021.
Bryan had been held on $5,003 bail since his arrest September 7, records show. He had seven open cases for stealing work tools, bikes and mopeds from apartment buildings between February and September, mostly in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, sources said.
He was released on his own recognizance in each of the arrests except for the September 7 case.
In June, he entered the court’s STEP program for non-violent offenders with drug addiction issues. But he got kicked out for non-participation, the sources said.
The death comes a day after the city Board of Correction issued a report which found staff lapses of various types contributed to 10 of the 16 deaths in the jails in 2021.