Family of Bronx man Edward Soto wants answers after alleged suicide in police custody

Family members are demanding answers after a Bronx man allegedly committed suicide while in police custody over the weekend. Edward Soto's loved ones say officers

The 51-year-old was found unconscious in a holding cell following an arrest on burglary charges.

The 51-year-old was found unconscious in a holding cell following an arrest on burglary charges. (1/27/14)

THE BRONX - Family members are demanding answers after a Bronx man allegedly committed suicide while in police custody over the weekend. 

Edward Soto's loved ones say officers told them that he hanged himself in a holding cell following an arrest Saturday on burglary charges. The 51-year-old was brought to the 19th Precinct on Manhattan's Upper East Side and found unconscious less than 24 hours later. 

A police source told News 12 that NYPD procedures require an officer to be stationed at or near all holding cells, and that belts, shoelaces and any other items that could be harmful are confiscated. 

The family claims that authorities are offering very little information about how it could have happened. 

The NYPD's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating, but the department has not yet responded to a request for comment.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Videos from inside the halls and classrooms of 1 Videos capture violent fights inside M.S. 232
Four teens are accused of attacking a postal 2 Police: Postal worker attacked by teens in the Bronx
3 Volunteers repaint Bronx River Community Center
4 Bronx Sportscast, Jan. 17
Two arms without hands believed to have been 5 More body parts found at Bronx garbage facility

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE