American detained for acting wild, dies in hospital

AN American detainee at the Cebu City Police Station 2 died last Thursday night, reportedly after he went wild inside the cell.

Local police assured there was no foul play in the death of Mark Gerard Pikl, 51, who was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly getting wild in a hotel near Fuente Osmeña.

Senior Insp. Hartzel Billedo, the station’s commander, said Pikl complained he could hardly breathe at 7:55 p.m. to the station’s desk officer PO2 Alexander Terado.

Terado then called the emergency response team of Barangay Sambag 2, who administered first aid on Pikl before bringing him to the Cebu City Medical Center.

But Pikl did not make it there alive, Billedo said.

“We assure the public that there was no foul play,” he told reporters yesterday.

Billedo said they have asked permission from the American Consular office in Cebu so that the PNP Crime Laboratory 7 could conduct an autopsy on Pikl’s body.

The cause of his death remained a mystery as of yesterday, Billedo said.

The detainee reportedly went berserk the whole day, striking a hand on the detention cell’s faucet, walls and railings.

Billedo said they were supposed to record Pikl’s fingerprint but the foreigner was unruly. They also failed to take a mugshot photo of him.

Last Tuesday night, a female guest of an uptown hotel complained that Pikl punched the door of her room several times and shouted, “Open the door! This is my house!”

Because the door did not open, Pikl reportedly grabbed a fire extinguisher and banged it on the door.

Complaints of unjust vexation and malicious mischief were docketed against Pikl at the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor. He was scheduled for a summary proceeding yesterday, Bellido said.

The police official said they are still waiting for a response from the consular office.

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