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IL- Sex assault suspect dies after suicide attempt

3-18-2008 Illinois:

A 46-year-old Berwyn man awaiting trial on sexual assault charges in Hickory Hills died from injuries suffered earlier this month while trying to hang himself at Cook County Jail.

Reinaldo Sanchez was found about 1:30 p.m. March 14 hanging in his cell, police said.

Police said he was alone in his cell when the incident occurred.

He was still alive when paramedics transported him to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was put on life-support.

Sanchez was taken off life-support March 18.

He was accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old Berwyn girl on July 8 after he told her he would give driving lessons.

Instead, Sanchez drove the girl to an auto detail shop where he worked in Hickory Hills and assaulted her, according to Hickory Hills police Lt. Mark Zvokel.

Zvokel said Sanchez opened the gate of the auto business, which was closed, and attacked the girl inside his car.

Sanchez was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, Zvokel said.

He had been incarcerated since his arrest. ..more.. by Jim Hook can be reached at or (708) 633-5961.

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