Robert Saylor death: Frederick deputies placed on administrative leave

Robert Saylor died while in custody.

The three deputies involved in the death of a 26-year-old mentally disabled man in Frederick County have been placed on administrative leave.

The deputies were involved in the death of Robert Saylor, who died on Jan. 12 while in custody.

“After thorough consideration of all of the facts, I made the decision to place the deputies on administrative leave,” says Frederick Sheriff Charles Jenkins in a statement released Tuesday. “When completed, the death investigation will be forwarded to the Office of the State's Attorney for Frederick County for review to determine if this case will be presented to a Grand Jury.”

The medical examiner ruled that Saylor died from asphyxiation and that the manner of his death was homicide.

Saylor had finished watching Zero Dark Thirty at a movie theater in Frederick and was refusing to leave the theater when the deputies handcuffed him. Saylor was allegedly resisting arrest and went into arrest when he was placed on the ground.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

“The death of Mr. Saylor was very tragic and I want to assure everyone that a thorough investigation is being conducted,” Jenkins says.

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