Board of Inquiry Report,
Ángel Rodríguez Cristóbal,
Register Number 00102-069, was born on April 2, 1946, and at the
time of his commitment was a resident of Ciales, Puerto Rico. Mr.
Cristóbal was arrested on May 19, 1979 for Entering U.S.
Navy Property without Proper Authorization, in Violation of Title
18, U.S.C., 1382. Shortly after his arrest, Mr. Cristóbal
was released on a $500 unsecured bond. He remained at liberty until
sentenced on September 26, 1979 in the U.S. District Court for the
District of Puerto Rico by the Honorable Juan R. Torruella to a
term o 6 months. A fine of $500 was also imposed.
On November 10, 1979, correctional center officer,
Raymond Beiro, who was assigned to the Special Housing Unit, specifically
recalled making a tour of the unit toward the end of his watch and
remembers that between 11:00 and 11:20 p.m. Mr. Cristóbal
was lying on his bunk.
On November 11, 1979, at 12:06 a.m., Sunday, November
11, 1979 the morning watch cellhouse officer, Mr. Louis Franklin,
while making his midnight count, came upon Mr. Cristóbal
hanging by his neck in Cell A-3. … A bedsheet was tied to
the top cross bar on the front of Mr. Cristóbal’s cell
and the distance from the top of the sheet to his neck was about
1 - 1 1/2 feet. The sheet was knotted where it circled his neck.
Mr. Cristóbal’s feet were touching the floor, slightly
bent at the knees, and facing outwards.…
The physician’s assistant noted that there
was blood on the outer corner of the lower bunk at the rear of the
cell and blood stains on the floor just below that spot.…
A V-shaped laceration found in the right eyebrow was described as
typical of that caused by striking a blunt object, and there was
a small laceration on the chin. There were bruises on the right
cheek and the anterior temple areas.