July 23, 2016

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Teenage inmate hangs himself in cell at Medina County Jail

MEDINA — A teenage inmate hanged himself Wednesday night in a cell at the Medina County Jail, according to Sheriff Neil Hassinger.

Michale Elliot Green, 18, of Akron, was found by deputies hanging in his jail cell at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. Green used a bath towel to hang himself, Hassinger said. After administering CPR, deputies were able to get a brief pulse and hearth rhythm for Green, who was pronounced dead at 9:39 p.m. at Medina Hospital, the sheriff said.

Michale Elliot Green

“It’s a tragedy, and we’re disappointed this happened,” Hassinger said. “It takes a lot out of you. Our people did their best to try to bring him back.”

Using his fingers or a plastic spoon, Green dug out some caulking or “cushioning” between the window and bars of his jail cell, Hassinger said. He then looped a towel around the bars, tied the towel around his neck and leaned forward.

“If a person decides to take his or her life, they’ll keep going until the opportunity is there to do it,” Hassinger said.

Green was facing one felony count of aggravated robbery and five felony kidnapping charges from his alleged role in a March 6 robbery of a clothing store at Lodi Station Outlets, said Lt. Dean Lesak, administrator of the jail. All the charges were first-degree felonies that carry a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The charges against Green involved a firearm, which was brandished but not fired during the March incident, Hassinger said.

“He was accused of pointing the gun at people,” the sheriff said.

Green was arrested Oct. 10 after a police investigation. DNA evidence helped connect Green to the incident, Hassinger said.

The sheriff said it “took some time” for results of the DNA match to be returned to Sheriff’s Office investigators, a reason why months had passed between the robbery and arrest.

Green was facing unrelated charges in Summit County, which helped Medina County deputies to locate him, the sheriff said.

“That’s how we found him,” Hassinger said.

Lesak said Green’s suicide was the first at the jail “in a few years.”

Hassinger said suicides at the jail have been “infrequent.”

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.