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Burglary suspect attempts to harm self while in police custody

Police say Melissa Jackson tried to asphyxiate self

Melissa Jackson

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Police said a woman who was in custody attempted to harm herself by asphyxiation Monday.

Melissa Jackson, 20, was arrested in Coral Gables after police identified her as a woman who was seen on surveillance video allegedly attempting to break into a home on Vittorio Avenue. Police said the same woman was reported by another resident as being suspicious after she knocked on their front door and asked for an unknown man.

Police said while Jackson was restrained in the interrogation room, she somehow managed to retrieve a plastic bag from the trash and attempted to harm herself by asphyxiation.

Detectives were able to stop Jackson and save her.

Police said Jackson is in good condition and was taken to the county jail.

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