Police are trying to sort out the final, frantic chapter of Roy Winn’s life.
Before he collapsed and died at Lodi Memorial Hospital, the 35-year-old ran up the 200 block of Elgin Avenue on Monday afternoon. He broke fences, walked into homes and said people were after him. He barged into Rupinter Kaur’s home and began acting strange, the resident said.
“He jumped on the sofa and said, ‘They’re trying to kill me,’” she said. “My son was scared. I didn’t know what he was going to do.”
Winn stayed in Kaur’s home for a little more than five minutes before bolting out her back door and climbing the fence in her backyard. Kaur was one of several residents in the subdivision who called police after witnessing Winn’s behavior. While she said that she believed Winn was under the influence of drugs, she didn’t speculate as to what kind.
Prior to entering Kaur’s home, Winn walked up Pablo Garcia’s driveway and sat in his garage, the homeowner said.
“He just sat on the floor and said nothing,” Garcia said. “He tried to go out the side garage door and I told him to get out.”
Winn was arrested around 3:20 p.m. for prowling, trespassing and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Responding officers apprehended Winn when they found him laying down on the 200 block of East Kettleman Lane.
While he was breathing and able to enter a patrol car under his own power, Winn was transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital for evaluation. He was taken to the hospital, said Lt. Chris Piombo, because he had sustained minor injuries while hopping a series of fences.
“He climbed the 15-foot fence by Geweke RV and tore some of his shirt on the barbed wire,” Piombo said. “He was bleeding, so he was taken to the hospital for observation.”
Upon arriving at the hospital, Winn stopped breathing. Officers performed CPR and alerted medical staff to Winn’s condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after.
At the request of the Lodi Police Department, the San Joaquin County District’s Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident.
A homicide investigation is standard protocol for in-custody deaths, said Robert Himelblau, public affairs representative for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
There will be several different teams conducting investigations into the death, he said. Each team will include a Lodi Police Officer and District Attorney investigator. They will talk with witnesses and look at the pathology reports, he said.
Each individual will conduct an independent investigation, he said. No timetable was given for the investigation’s completion.
“It gets done when it gets done,” Himelblau said. “No two cases are alike.”
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