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West Valley Detention Center Inmate Allegedly Murdered by Cellmate

West Valley Detention Center Inmate Allegedly Murdered by Cellmate


RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – The death of a West Valley Detention Center inmate is suspected to be a result of homicide.

At around 7:12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, deputies serving dinner to the inmates noticed Robert Vernon Sutton, 22, of Compton, was down in his cell.  Deputies entered the cell and rendered aid to Sutton, and medical staff entered shortly after to continue with CPR. AMR responded and transported the still unconscious Sutton to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m.

Homicide investigators responded to assume the investigation and learned that Sutton was involved in an altercation with his cellmate, Lager George Reid, 58, of Los Angeles.  During the altercation Sutton fell to the ground.

Reid was arrested on March 3, 2019, for Battery with Serious Bodily Injury and was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and transported to the West Valley Detention Center the same day. The victim, Robert Sutton was arrested for Robbery on February 1, 2019, and was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.  

An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

No other information is available for release.  

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization