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PD: Man dies in Phoenix police custody en route to hotel after domestic incident

Phoenix Police
Posted at 11:01 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 13:01:34-05

PHOENIX — The death of a man in Phoenix police custody Tuesday night is under investigation.

Police say 62-year-old Michael Robin was contacted by police after a reported domestic dispute with his wife. Robin reportedly told officers he didn't feel well and appeared intoxicated.

Fire personnel responded to check out Robin before releasing him into police custody. Officers offered to take him to a hotel for the night to break up their argument and he agreed to leave.

Robin was handcuffed in front of his body and placed in the backseat of the patrol vehicle to head to a hotel. Minutes later, officers noticed he was no longer talking or responsive.

Officers attempted life-saving measures on Robin while fire personnel were called to their location. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say Robin had underlying medical conditions and his wife said he had been drinking.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.