Paul Mannina dies inside D.C. jail

Mannina was arrested in connection to a brutal atatck on a colleague. (Family photo)

Paul Mannina, the man accused of beating, macing and sexually assaulting a Department of Labor colleague inside her Northwest Washington home, died inside a District of Columbia jail early Tuesday morning, officials say.

Mannina, 58, was arrested just more than a week ago in connection with the June 5 assault. During the attack, police alleged that Mannina, an attorney with the Department of Labor, broke into the woman's Chesapeake Street Northwest home and assaulted her repeatedly.

The cause of Mannina's death was not immediately known. A jail physician pronounced him dead inside his cell.

MPD officials say that the 60-year-old woman was punched in the face, shocked with a stun gun, handcuffed, sprayed with mace and groped. The entire attack lasted about half an hour, investigators say, after which the victim was left with cuts and bruises all over her body.

Mannina was arrested at Montgomery General Hospital last week, where he'd gone to because of his mental state, according to court testimony. His attorney said in court Monday he needed mental health care.

After his arrest, Mannina was charged with first-degree sexual assault while armed and burglary.

During an initial court hearing on Monday, the victim's husband said that his wife pleaded with Mannina throughout the attack not to kill her. She had initially told police that she didn't recognize her attacker, but several days later, she realized that it was a man she had worked with for decades.

"I am so sorry to hear that his has happened,” says Lynn McGraw, one of Mannina’s neighbors. “We have lost a good neighbor."