Inmate dies at Clark County Jail

Clark County Jail. Bill Lackey/Staff
Clark County Jail. Bill Lackey/Staff

An inmate who died at the Clark County Jail on Thursday was identified as a Springfield man arrested earlier this week for allegedly holding a family hostage briefly, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was identified as 34-year-old TyJuan Chike Young, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. The cause of death is unclear at this point, he said.

“We’re still investigating at this time,” Marsh said.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death on Friday morning, but Chief Deputy Travis Russell declined to provide details because the incident remains under investigation, he said. He declined to answer several questions from the Springfield News-Sun about the circumstances surrounding Young’s death.

The jail called for medics about 10:20 a.m. Thursday for a man not breathing in the book-in area, according to a 9-1-1 call obtained by the News-Sun. The man was between the ages of 20 and 30, the caller told dispatchers.

It was the only 9-1-1 call from the jail yesterday, according to Springfield Communications Manager Paul Hicks.

Young faced multiple charges after police alleged he briefly held a family hostage after running from officers. He was charged with four counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary, and one count of obstructing official business, according to a police report.

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An officer spotted Young in the 900 block of Selma Road on Tuesday and approached him because he believed Young had warrants. Young then took off running when another officer arrived on scene, police said. Officers followed and alleged they saw him enter a home on Selma Road, where he reportedly locked the door. Officers set up a perimeter around the home and were approached by the homeowner, who said his two sons, ages 3 and 5, and brother, 17, were inside.

Young later came out with one of the children and after being told several times to let the child go, he did and was arrested.

The children and another female victim were found safe and weren’t harmed.

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