Long Beach
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On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Long Beach Police contacted 43-year-old Rolando Sanchez of Long Beach, and a female subject, in the area of 25th Street and Baltic Avenue, for suspicion of narcotics activity. During the course of the officer’s investigation, they arrested both subjects for possession of methamphetamine. They were booked into the Long Beach City Jail awaiting arraignment the following Monday.

In the early afternoon of Sunday, April 13, 2013, jail staff making rounds contacted Sanchez and noticed he was acting abnormal. Although awake, he was unresponsive to questions about his behavior. A nurse was called in to assess his condition and a decision was made to have paramedics transport him to the hospital for further evaluation.

While in the hospital, he went into medical distress. Due to his critical condition, and since he was in L.B.P.D.’s custody when his medical issues began, detectives from the Homicide Detail responded to investigate the incident, which is standard in all such cases. Sanchez was released from custody and his treatment continued by hospital staff.

On Wednesday, April 16th, L.B.P.D. learned that Sanchez had died the previous night, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at approximately 10:00 p.m. It is unknown what caused him to go into medical distress.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office is conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death, and the Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail is also continuing their investigation into the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244.