Official: Inmate at Albuquerque jail killed himself

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque says an inmate is dead after apparently killing himself while in custody.

Nataura Powdrell-Moore said Matthew Archuleta was found unresponsive on Friday evening and was later pronounced dead.

He had been booked into the detention center on June 19 on charges of unlawful taking of a car, shoplifting, aggravated eluding and others.

The Albuquerque Journal also reports that Archuleta had tried to escape custody on Wednesday after allegedly faking a seizure while in court and being transported to a local hospital.

Powdrell-Moore told the Journal that Archuleta said he needed to use the restroom then tried to overpower a female corrections officer in charge of him. He didn’t make it out the door.

An investigation into the suicide is ongoing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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