A Virgin Islands man died after he was allegedly stabbed by other inmates while in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Guaynoba, Puerto Rico, authorities said.
Glaston Smith, 51, of Tortola, died early in the morning of April 6 at the Puerto Rico Medical Center in Rio Piedras, according to a United States Immigration and Customs press release.
“On April 6, [Mr.] Smith informed a prison unit officer that he had been stabbed multiple times,” the release states. “[He] was evaluated by the institution medical staff and was transported by ambulance to the Puerto Rico Medical Centre, where he was pronounced dead.”
Mr. Smith was transferred to the prison facility in Puerto Rico from the St. Thomas Criminal Justice Complex on Feb. 26, according to the ICE release: At the time of his death he was “awaiting removal from the United States.”
The immigration department advised a British consulate in Miami of Mr. Smith’s death, and consular officials notified his next of kin, the release states, adding that the FBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
The release also notes that Mr. Smith is the third detainee to die in ICE custody in the 2013 fiscal year.