Earlier this month, a joint investigation by the Maryland State Police, Baltimore County, Perryville, Aberdeen, and Havre de Grace police departments led to the arrest of a Cecil County, MD man police believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies that occurred at the Maryland House Travel Plaza Exxon station on I-95 near Aberdeen, MD, and additional armed robberies involving similar circumstances and a similar suspect description that occurred in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore counties. Arrested for those crimes was Michael R. Malpass, 25, of the 1500 block of West Old Philadelphia Road, Charlestown, MD. Malpass had been housed at the Harford County Detention Center since November 18, the morning after he was arrested by Maryland State Police in Cecil County for those robberies. And at approximately 10:55 pm Thursday, November 24, 2011, Malpass was found unresponsive in his cell by a Harford County Detention Center Correctional Officer.
Correctional Officers immediately began life saving measures and Malpass was transported by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at 12:08 am on Friday, November 25, 2011. There were no signs of foul play. Malpass was housed alone for medical reasons.
The Baltimore Sun shared:
“It is not being investigated as a suicide,” Monica Worrell, the public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said Saturday afternoon.
Malpass was an admitted IV heroin user, Worrell said. She said the inmate was on medical watch because he was detoxing from the IV heroin use.
Worrell said correctional officers were checking Malpass every 15 minutes because of the detox. When he was found unresponsive, there was vomit, she said.
The sheriff’s office is waiting to hear back from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on a cause of death, Worrell added.
Malpass was being held without bond at the Detention Center and awaiting trial for armed robbery, assault 1st and 2nd degree, and failure to appear.
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(sources: Baltimore Sun, HCSO, MSP)