UPI en Espanol

Probe death of Down syndrome man

Feb. 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

FREDERICK, Md., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Maryland authorities are investigating the death last month of a young man with Down syndrome who was ejected from a movie theater by off-duty deputies.

Robert Ethan Saylor, 26, didn't understand why he couldn't watch the movie a second time and cursed security guards when they told him to buy another ticket or leave, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The guards were off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies who were employed part-time at the theater.

After cuffing Saylor and escorting him outside, the young man ended up on the ground showing signs of medical distress, said sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey.

Saylor was pronounced dead short time later at a hospital.

The chief medical examiner in Baltimore determined he died of asphyxia and ruled the death a homicide.

"Ethan was developmentally disabled, not a criminal," said attorney Joseph Espo who is representing Saylor's parents.

He said the family believes the incident was handled the wrong way from beginning to end.

Related UPI Stories
Top Stories
John Nash and wife, subjects of 'A Beautiful Mind' film, dead in crash
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio requests new judge and public assistance with legal fees
Islamic State says it can soon buy nuclear weapon, smuggle it into U.S.
Malaysia finds mass graves with possibly 'hundreds of skeletons'
Department of Justice releases drone guidelines; protects privacy