BIG BEAR – Authorities are conducting an in-custody death investigation after a 60-year-old alleged child molestor was found hanging inside his cell.
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:20 p.m., Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of East Country Club Blvd. related to a child molestation investigation.
The suspect, Richard Harold Todd, a resident of Big Bear City, was taken into custody without incident and booked at Big Bear jail for Sexual Molestation of a Minor, Possession of Child Pornography and Possession of an Illegal Assault Rifle.
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:20 a.m., the jail deputy was conducting his observation logs when he saw Todd hanging from the bars of his cell, with his shoelaces tied around his neck. The deputy quickly cut the shoelaces from his neck and called for medical aid. Medical personnel responded and pronounced Todd dead at the scene. Todd was housed alone in the cell.
Sheriff’s Homicide Detail responded and are conducting the investigation.
Riverside County Coroner will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Justin Long at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.