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Metro Police Investigate In-Custody Death At Clark County Detention Center

36 Year Old Man Stopped Breathing While In Police Custody

April 03, 2019 - 3:48 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - On March 31, 2019 around 8:14 p.m., Metro patrol officers responded to a motel in the 4900 block of South Valley View Blvd for a disturbance. Patrol officers contacted 36-year-old Nicholas Farah who had been loitering and was refusing to leave the property. Farah was advised he was being trespassed and was asked to leave the property immediately.

He refused to leave the property after being duly warned and was then placed under arrest. As officers placed him into the patrol car for transport, Farah began to resist and became agitated. Due to his actions, officers reported him as a code 5 suspect to the Clark County Detention Center.

A “code 5” is a request for the cameras in the jail to be activated and used to inform the jail that patrol is bringing in an uncooperative or combative subject for booking. Corrections officers respond and take charge of the suspect when they arrive at CCDC.

Upon arrival, corrections officers were standing by in the sally port area of CCDC with a restraint chair. After removing Farah from the patrol car, he became physically resistant. Officers moved him to the restraint chair and began to buckle him in. As officers switched out handcuffs, Farah’s head was held between his knees with his arms extended behind his body. After being in that position for approximately 75 seconds, Farah stopped breathing and medical personnel began to render aid. He was transported to UMC Trauma where he was pronounced deceased.