VSP: No charges in death of Radford student found dead in New River Valley Jail

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WYTHE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police has closed its investigation and will not press charges in connection to the death of a Radford student, found unresponsive while under the custody of the New River Valley Regional Jail in September 2019.

Aris Eduardo Lobo-Perez, 18, of Culpeper was found dead in his cell on Sept. 11, 2019, at 7:50 a.m. According to police, jail personnel offered him breakfast on Sept. 12 at 7:20 a.m. which Lobo-Perez declined.

Aris Eduardo Lobo-Perez, 18, a Radford University student from Culpeper was found dead in a cell at The New River Valley Regional jail on Sept. 12.
Aris Eduardo Lobo-Perez, 18, a Radford University student from Culpeper was found dead in a cell at The New River Valley Regional jail on Sept. 12. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Turcios.)

“Despite the immediate efforts by jail personnel to resuscitate the inmate, Lobo-Perez was declared deceased at the jail,” according to the statement from the Virginia State Police.

Radford University Police arrested Lobo-Perez on Sept. 11 before midnight on a public intoxication charge, according to VSP, and transported to the jail.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office made the decision based on the findings of the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke and recommendation from the Radford Commonwealth’s Attorney and Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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