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      Father speaks out about death of son

      Raul Pinet, Sr. wants to know why his son is dead / Chris McGrath

      A 31-year old-man is dead, after losing consciousness while in the custody of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department.

      Authorities say Raul Pinet , Jr . was being booked into the Onondaga County Justice Center when he passed out around 9 pm. Police say earlier, Pinet had been arrested by Syracuse Police for trespassing and resisting arrest Friday night. He was taken to University Hospital by ambulance, and pronounced dead there.

      Pinet's family members say he was arrested in front of 305 Shonnard Street in the city. Elisabeth Ortiz, who lives in that home, says Pinet was knocking on her door, saying he needed some help. Ortiz considers Pinet a friend, and called 911 for him. When police arrived, Ortiz says officers arrested Pinet.

      Pinet's family say he has run into trouble with the law before and was just released from jail a few months ago. They say they are anxious to find out what happened.

      "We want to work in this investigation too I want to know what happened. What's going on with my son, what was the problem," said Raul Pinet Sr.

      An autopsy is pending and a joint investigation is being conducted by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department and the Syracuse Police Department.

      Syracuse police say they won't comment at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

      Earlier Coverage:

      A 31 year old man is dead, after losing consciousness while being booked into the Onondaga County Justice Center.Jail deputies say 31 year old Raul Pinet had been arrested by Syracuse Police for trespass and resisting arrest about 9pm Friday. Minutes after coming into the booking section, deputies say the Syracuse man lost consciousness. He was taken to University Hospital by ambulance, and pronounced dead there.An autopsy is pending as a joint investigation is conducted by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office and Syracuse City Police.

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