Trespassing suspect in Ridgewood dies after complaining of chest pains while in police custody

The 104th Precinct stationhouse at 64-02 Catalpa Ave. in Ridgewood.
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Detectives are looking into how a trespassing suspect arrested in Ridgewood on Friday morning died a short time after being taken into custody.

Officers from the 104th Precinct responded to a reported trespassing on July 13 in the vicinity of Jefferson and Wyckoff avenues. According to sources familiar with the investigation, the suspect — a man between 30 and 40 years of age — was observed hopping into and out of yards in the area.

The responding officers stopped the perpetrator and took him into custody. Law enforcement sources sources said there was no indication of any struggle between the man and officers during his arrest.

Soon after arriving at the 104th Precinct stationhouse on Catalpa Avenue, at 10:35 a.m., the man complained of chest pains. Police contacted EMS for assistance, and a unit responded to the headquarters within moments.

Paramedics rushed him to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of his demise was not immediately known; his body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Police have withheld the man’s identity, pending family notification.

The NYPD Force Investigation Division, a unit responsible for investigating all deaths that occur in police custody, is assigned to the case.