Saturday, March 22, 2008

Inmate tries to hang himself in Riviera Beach cell


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, February 28, 2008

RIVIERA BEACH — A 20-year-old man tried to hang himself in a holding cell Wednesday after he was charged with aggravated battery on his pregnant girlfriend, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and child neglect.

A police officer left Kareem Conway in the cell for less than a minute and returned to find Conway's shirt wrapped around his neck and the cage. Three officers pulled him down as he screamed that the victims and witnesses are liars, according to the police report.

At Conway's first appearance in court Thursday morning, the defense attorney said Conway was evaluated by a mental health professional and cleared to be in the general population.

The judge set Conway's bail at $2,500, but he has not posted it.

The victim told police she has been dating Conway on and off for four years and is three months pregnant with his baby. She said he knocked one of her teeth out about two weeks ago and pointed a gun at her and her friends Wednesday because he wanted the car.

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