A 32-year-old inmate was arrested after a 62-year-old man was found dead in his jail cell at West Valley Detention Center on Aug. 31, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
At 12:08 a.m., deputies were conducting routine security checks in a housing unit when they located an unresponsive inmate. Deputies immediately began life-saving measures until jail medical staff and emergency personnel arrived. Emergency personnel continued life-saving measures for approximately 40 minutes; however, the victim was pronounced deceased at about 12:48 a.m.
The victim had been housed in a two-person cell with the suspect, Sandro Rivera. Rivera was arrested on Aug. 14 on a charge of felony vandalism.
Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded to the jail and were conducting the investigation. Rivera was interviewed by detectives and subsequently booked on a murder charge.
The Riverside County Coroner's Division will conduct an autopsy.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robert Ripley at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.