California cops release footage of suspect who ‘wrapped a seatbelt round his neck and choked himself in the back of a patrol car while in handcuffs’
- **WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT**
- Modesto Police released an edited video that includes a 911 call from suspect Emilio Villa Mora, of Mexico, who claims ‘the cartel’ is ‘trying to kill’ him
- It also includes reports of an attempted break-in and attempted car theft
- While he’s being arrested Mora is heard yelling ‘I can’t breathe’ and an officer responds, ‘No one’s knee is on your neck’
- He yells for help multiple times before he’s put in the car and asks for water
- Mora, 33, is transported back to the area where the 911 calls came from and identified as the suspect
- Cops then find him unconscious in the car
- Police believe he was able to unbuckle his seatbelt and use the adjacent one to fatally entangle and choke himself
- Footage shows them cutting off the seatbelt and starting CPR
- Cops say he may have been suffering from a mental health or drug-related issue
Police in California have release body-worn camera footage of the arrest of a suspect – and the moment they discovered he had strangled himself with a seatbelt in the back of the cop cruiser.
The 20-minute-long video, from September 27, includes 911 call audio from people in the area reporting the attempted break-in of a car and a stranger trying to force his way into a home through a patio door.
It also includes a call from suspect Emilio Villa Mora, of Mexico, who claims ‘the cartel’ is ‘trying to kill’ him as he makes his way from the Sante Fe Ave. Amtrak station.
Another call is made from the Stanislaus County Doctors Behavioral Health Center.
**WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT**
Modesto Police are seen cutting Emilio Villa Mora free from a seatbelt wrapped around his neck on September 27
Footage released this week shows the moment police realized he was unconscious. It then shows cops pull him from the car
Modesto Police eventually caught up with Mora who was heard yelling in the footage ‘I’m not doing nothing!’
He attempted to run away from the officers who deployed Taser against him – which had no effect.
The video shows them detain the 33-year-old man on the ground where he’s heard repeatedly telling officers ‘I can’t breathe,’ to which one replies: ‘No one’s knee is on your neck.’
At one point Mora screams for help, and at other times he begs for water but is denied it or the luxury of air conditioning inside the patrol car until he calms down.
He is later bundled into a patrol car and given water however he declined medical attention.
Locals then identified him as the man suspected of attempting a break-in around Briggsmore Avenue and Claus Road and of trying to steal a car with a 15-year-old boy inside, according to police.
The body-worn cameras were switched off for those conversations.
The edited video later cuts to Mora slumped over and unconscious with a seatbelt wrapped around his neck.
One of several cops asks whether the belt is around his neck.
‘Get a knife. We gotta pull him out and start CPR,’ Officer Catrina instructs others. After cutting him out two officers then lay him flat on the ground and the footage ends.
The video also includes a call from suspect Emilio Villa Mora, of Mexico, who claims ‘the cartel’ is ‘trying to kill’ him while people at other addresses report related incidents
Body-worn camera clips capture how police chased him as he yelled ‘I’m not doing nothing!’
While he’s being arrested Mora is heard yelling ‘I can’ breathe’ and an officer responds, ‘No one’s knee is on your neck’
Police believe a handcuffed Mora was able to unbuckle himself and tightly wrap the adjacent seatbelt around his neck, leading to asphyxiation.
According to police, Mora was rushed to a hospital with a faint pulse and he died there several days later.
Police believe he may have been suffering from a mental health or drug-related episode.
However they noted that while he was in the car there was ‘nothing that suggested that he was in distress or doing anything out of the ordinary.’
‘There is no evidence to suggest that he was being chased or his safety was in jeopardy,’ police stated.
Modesto Police Assistant Chief Brandon Gillespie said the incident was a tragedy for all involved, ‘especially Mr. Villa Mora’s family.’
Anyone with information is asked to call 209-342-6107.
Mora is seen sitting in the patrol car after he is handcuffed last month in California
A police officer is seen cleaning him off with a hose before he is transported back to the area of the 911 calls