Two Cook County jail inmates die early Thursday morning
Thursday, April 09, 2009
by STNG wire reports
Two Cook County jail inmates died early Thursday morning, the Cook County sheriff's office reported.
The deaths were unrelated, and neither was being investigated as
suspicious, said Steve Patterson, spokesman for Cook County Sheriff Tom
Juan Gonzalez, 39, of an unknown address, was arrested Sunday
on two counts of heroin possession, Patterson said. He was being held
Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Gonzalez told his cellmate that he
had used heroin prior to his arrest and that he wasn't feeling well,
Around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, as sheriff's deputies delivered
breakfast to inmates, Gonzalez didn't stir. Deputies discovered he was
"There was nothing to indicate any trauma," Patterson said, adding that the office was awaiting autopsy results.
Patterson said Gonzalez gave arresting officers an expired
license, and later a bogus address. Because of this, the sheriff's
office has been unable to reach his next of kin.
The sheriff's office is also looking for the next of kin for
Juliusz Kamieniak, 56, Kamieniak was arrested in April 2007 on a charge
of kidnapping with a firearm, and was being held on $200,000 bond.
Kamieniak was taken from the jail to St. Anthony's Hospital
Friday after suffering a seizure. He was transferred to John H. Stroger
Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died at 6:22 a.m. from advanced
cancer, Patterson said. "He hasn't had a single visitor in over a year," Patterson
said. "We tried reaching out to his family, and now we're reaching out
to his attorneys" in hopes they can find a relative.