A 35-year-old man died Wednesday morning at Santa Rita Jail shortly after he scuffled with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies inside the jail's booking area
Albert Jenkins was in the process of being searched after being booked on two felony warrants when about 3 a.m. he made a dive for his shoes that had just been removed, said Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek. The deputies, unsure of what he was lunging, wrestled with him to get control of his hands. A small amount of heroin was found next to Jenkins' shoes.
Shortly after he was res- trained, Jenkins had difficulty breathing and became unresponsive. Jail medical staff and the paramedics were called, but he died at the scene. An autopsy performed by the Alameda County Coroner's Office showed that Jenkins had an enlarged heart. There was also a white powder and plastic material found in his stomach. A cause of death has not been released, pending the results of toxicology reports.
Jenkins was arrested at the Oakland International Airport late Tuesday shortly after he caught the attention of sheriff's deputies there. Deputies saw Jenkins leave the women's restroom with a muffin in hand. As they questioned him, they learned of the warrants and arrested him. Jenkins was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland for a medical clearance first because he was undergoes dialysis. After he was cleared, he was taken to jail.
— Sophia Kazmi