More testing needed to establish cause of death for man who died in police custody
A 25-year-old man caught selling MetroCard swipes died after running from police on Tuesday, the NYPD said Wednesday.
Barrington Williams, who lived in the Bronx, bolted when approached by cops on the mezzanine level of the East 161st Street subway station for the B/D train lines around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the NYPD. He was quickly apprehended but became "unconscious and unresponsive" while being placed under arrest, police said.
EMS responded and transported Williams to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
While an autopsy was performed yesterday, it will be another week to 10 days before his cause of death can be determined, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner.
"We have an inconclusive autopsy, so we have to do further tests," Borakove said.
Police said Williams had 33 previous arrests. Many of those that were unsealed involved marijuana possession, police said.