Contact: Lt Joel Roon - 616.632.6204
Supervisor Approval: Capt. Thorne
Incident Type: Death Investigation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich: Yesterday, at approximately 8:55 PM, a Kent County Corrections Deputy discovered an inmate in his cell in medical distress following an apparent suicide attempt. Despite life saving measures by both correctional and medical personnel, Rafael Torres-Mendoza died at approximately 9:44 PM.
Torres-Mendoza had been incarcerated at the Kent County Correctional Facility since September 18, 2019 and was awaiting trial on charges of Third Degree Arson, Second Degree Arson, and OWI 3rd. The case remains under investigation by the Kent County Medical Examiner and Kent County Sheriff's Office detectives.