Apparent inmate suicide investigated at Lake County Jail

Written By BY RUTH FULLER Posted: 04/18/2014, 12:18pm

Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate found early Friday morning.

The male victim, identified as Igor Karlukov, 34, of Palatine, was found hanging from his cell, officials said.

According to court records, Karlukov was arrested on Feb. 10 this year for a slew of charges, which included home invasion, aggravated domestic battery and stalking. There was an order of protection against him when he committed the crimes, records indicate. His next court date was set for April 29.

Chief Deputy Orlando Portillo said his office was notified of the death between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday from a Waukegan hospital, where the man had been transported.

An autopsy was schedule for Monday, he said.

Two of the jail’s inmates died in 2012.

Lyvita Gomes, 52, a native of Mumbai, India, who was living in Vernon Hills, launched a 15-day hunger strike to protest her incarceration for failing to appear for jury duty, then died of malnutrition and dehydration less than a week later.

Eugene Gruber, 51, of Grayslake, suffered paralyzing neck injuries while struggling with officers in the jail, then died months later after being transferred to a Chicago rehabilitation center.

Early this year, the county agreed to settle a nearly $2 million federal lawsuit filed by Gruber’s family. A federal lawsuit filed by Gomes family is pending.

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