Man dies in police custody, family questions his death
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- More questions than answers after a man dies in police custody. The family of the victim says police aren't telling the whole truth about the arrest.
Glenn Ybanez, 33, was the passenger in a car pulled over Monday morning for a routine traffic stop that turned into a foot chase.
Metro won't confirm to Action News where the incident happened, but his family says it was near Valley View and Tropicana.
Although the family acknowledges Ybanez probably shouldn't have ran, they say what happened at the end of that chase is suspicious. They're questioning why he died.
"They gave us no information what-so-ever from the start," says Sylvio Ybanez, the victim's brother. "Police wouldn't answer, doctors wouldn't answer, they wouldn't even come to us. Nothing."
Ybanez was a U.S. Army veteran born in Guam. He died after reportedly suffering from medical distress while in police custody.
Metro officers say they arrested Ybanez after he led them on a foot chase. Police say when they caught Ybanez, he suffered a medical episode and that officers administered CPR. Ybanez was taken to the hospital.
Police say two citizens helped in the arrest.They confirm there was a brief struggle.
But, the victim's brother thinks police are downplaying the incident asking, "Why are there bruises on his arms? He has a scratch on his forehead, his eye is popping out and his left eye is closed."
According to Metro, Ybanez did have a criminal record: A warrant out in Clark County for possession of a controlled substance and a warrant in Colorado for contempt of court.
We don't know why Ybanez ran, but his brother says it doesn't matter; police aren't being forthright.
"Whatever they're trying to cover up, we're not gonna buy it," comments Sylvio Ybanez.
The family tells Action News that Ybanez did not have a preexisting medical condition.
The cause of death is pending the Coroner's investigation and toxicology evaluation.