February 29, 2024
The central jail on Entrance Road in downtown San Diego. Photograph by Chris Stone

 A 36-year-old inmate has been arrested in reference to the demise of his cellmate, 24-year-old Brandon Andrew Yates, earlier this month, authorities stated Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officers stated investigators have arrested Alvin McDonald Ruis primarily based on possible trigger in reference to Yate’s demise.

Murder investigators have been notified round 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 about an inmate on the San Diego Central Jail discovered unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced useless about 45 minutes later, based on a launch from San Diego County Sheriff’s Division.

“We lengthen our sympathies to the Yates household and people affected by this demise. A sheriff’s liaison officer will assist the household as they take care of the lack of a cherished one,” officers stated in an announcement.

Ruis was initially arrested at his residence in Chula Vista by the Chula Vista Police Division on Dec. 27 on suspicion of home violence, willful cruelty to a toddler, stalking, housebreaking, violation of a court docket order, committing a felony whereas out on bail and violation of a home violence momentary restraining order.

Sheriff’s murder investigators carried out a radical investigation as required by protocol, and the case has been despatched to the District Legal professional’s Workplace for submitting of prices.

The county medical expert’s workplace will decide the precise reason behind Yates’ demise.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.