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Inmate dies after suffering medical emergency in Riverside jail

By in Press Enterprise on July 11, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A 47-year-old Tucson, Ariz., inmate died at Riverside Community Hospital Saturday afternoon, July 8, after suffering a “life-threatening medical emergency” at the Robert Presley Detention Center, according to news releases from the Riverside County sheriff and coroner’s offices.

The incident involving Angel Cortina occurred at 1:43 p.m. at the jail in downtown Riverside and the coroner’s release listed the time of death as 2:53 p.m.

The news releases did not detail the circumstances of the medical emergency but the sheriff’s release noted that jail medical personnel began life saving efforts before the victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

“At this time, no foul play is suspected,” the sheriff’s release stated. Jurupa Valley sheriff’s station investigators are looking into the circumstances of the death.

The news release did not elaborate on why the Arizona resident was in the Riverside jail.

A jail booking log entry for an inmate by the same name and age indicated that that Angel Cortina was arrested Friday, July 7, in Blythe, housed at the Riverside jail and due in court in Indio on Tuesday, July 11.

The Cortina inmate in jail records was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and an accusation that could result in a lengthier sentence if convicted on the new case because of a past prison record.

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