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Coroner: Elgin man hangs self at Kane County jail after arrest

Piotr Dutkiewicz
Piotr Dutkiewicz

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – An Elgin man, who was arrested during an eviction that took place Tuesday morning, died of asphyxia due to hanging himself at the jail, according to the preliminary results of an autopsy performed Wednesday.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell confirmed the preliminary autopsy results for Piotr Dutkiewicz, 51, but Russell said toxicology is still pending.

"No foul play," Russell wrote in a text message.

Dutkiewicz was found unresponsive at 4:45 p.m. in the restroom of the booking area in the Kane County jail, according to a press release issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Office.

According to the release, Dutkiewicz later was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital.

Detectives are investigating the incident, according to the release.

"As far as exact details, we are still investigating it and are not in a position to go into all the details as this is still ongoing," Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Pat Gengler wrote in an email.

When sheriff's deputies went to serve a court-ordered eviction of Dutkiewicz from a residence in the 600 block of Forest Avenue in Elgin, he put an item – a large battery with wires taped to it – on the ground and said, "bomb," according to the release.

He was immediately taken into custody at 8:30 a.m. A member of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad responded and determined the suspicious device was not a bomb.

Dutkiewicz was charged with felony disorderly conduct and threatening a public official and taken to the jail. Dutkiewicz's arrest still was being processed, and he had not yet been to bond call on the charges.

Attempts to locate Dutkiewicz’s next of kin have been unsuccessful, police said. Anyone with information about Dutkiewicz should contact sheriff’s detectives at 630-444-1103.

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