A California lawyer said guards in a San Diego jail forget about him—and that he was trapped for hours inside a locked waiting room.
Erubey Lopez, the attorney, told NBC's San Diego affiliate that he was visiting a client at the downtown jail last week, arriving at 8:20 p.m. local time.
“I know it takes a while to get the people, so I’m patient,” Lopez said. “I don’t have my cellphone with me because the policy is you can’t use a cellphone inside.”
After a half an hour, however, Lopez became concerned and tried to alert guards using an intercom.
"At that time, I'm really mad, and I'm thinking, ‘How can they forget about me?’" Lopez said. "So, I start hitting the door really loud to get someone to let me out."
The lawyer spent more than four hours inside the locked waiting room before a guard heard him and unlocked the door.
“[What] if I was unhealthy … had a heart attack? What if I had diabetes and had a sugar issue?” Lopez said. “If they hadn’t heard me with the screaming and banging ... there was no other way they were going to hear me.”
“It was an unfortunate incident on our part,” Sheriff’s Cmdr. John Ingrassia told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
It's not the first time law enforcement officials in San Diego have forgotten about someone.
Last spring, a 24-year-old University of California engineering student was locked in a holding cell for more than four days by local Drug Enforcement Administration agents and forgotten about.Read More »from Lawyer visiting client forgotten for hours inside jail