A man arrested Friday following a Yuma bank robbery died late that night after falling ill at the Yuma County Detention Center, according to the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Wallace, 49, had been booked into the jail that evening on felony charges of armed robbery and possession of dangerous drugs, and at 10:41 p.m. detention officers called for medical assistance for him, YCSO spokesman Alfonso Zavala said Saturday morning.
Wallace was still responsive when guards called for medical assistance, but was pronounced dead a short time later, after being taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center by Yuma Fire Department crews.
The cause of death is unknown and under investigation, he said. Wallace’s next of kin has been notified.
The robbery Wallace was suspected of was reported at 4:48 p.m. Friday to Yuma police from 1st Bank Yuma, 2799 S. 4th Ave, where witnesses said a man holding a gun demanded money from one of the tellers.
The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police found Wallace 19 minutes later at the intersection of 27th Street and 3rd Avenue, where he admitted to the robbery and the cash was recovered, according to Sgt. Lori Franklin.
YCSO said Wallace was a Yuma resident Saturday, while the YPD said Friday that he lived in Mesa.