Raphael D. BENJAMIN 32 years old of Cleveland was found unresponsive laying on his cell bunk at the Westlake City Jail on Jan. 15 at apprx. 1PM. WPD employees gave him CPR and used an AED in an attempt to revive him. Westlake FD responded and found no signs of life. Ohio BCI was requested to assist with the sudden death investigation, and the County Medical Examiner is also investigating.
BENJAMIN was arrested on Jan. 14 apprx. 1:50PM after a traffic stop on I90 in Westlake. BENJAMIN had hypodermic needles in his possession, was driving under suspension, and had an active warrant from Brooklyn PD. Further investigation found a scale, baggies, and a small amount of suspected marijuana in the vehicle he was driving.
The Medical Examiner will rule on the manner and cause of death.