- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 37-year-old California man who died in Las Vegas police custody last summer had been beaten unconscious by relatives of a teenage girl he’d taken hostage at knifepoint during an apartment complex pool party, according to newly released investigations.

Demario James Keyes of Oakland, California, died June 27, 2015, of extreme methamphetamine intoxication, with civilian and police restraints as contributing factors, prosecutor Frank Coumou said Thursday, citing a Clark County coroner’s report completed weeks later.

The revelation that Keyes’ death was ruled a homicide came during a public airing on Wednesday of the results of police and district attorney investigations of the case. The results were first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (https://bit.ly/1RRHwsD ).

Coumou, a chief deputy Clark County district attorney who presented the evidence, told The Associated Press that no one has been charged with a crime in Keyes’ death.

“If there’s any blame, it’s on the person who died for taking so much methamphetamine and acting like a maniac,” Coumou said.

Witnesses told police that Keyes brandished a butcher knife while grabbing the 16-year-old girl by her hair, and Coumou said the girl received slash injuries to her hands before family members and others subdued Keyes at the complex not far from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Keyes was unconscious when police arrived, handcuffed Keyes and checked him for weapons, according to police reports.

Hearing public advocate Sandy Stewart noted that a police report said Keyes was spitting blood and that one officer performed CPR chest compressions on him before paramedics arrived and handcuffs were removed.

Keyes was pronounced dead a short time later at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.

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