Charlotte County jail inmate found dead

FOX 4 Staff

Thomas Robert Andreasen

Charlotte County jail inmate found dead

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -  An investigation is underway into the death of a Charlotte County Jail inmate.

48-year-old Robert Thomas Andreasen was found dead in his cell Sunday morning.  The major crimes unit of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating Andreasen's death.

Andreasen was housed in a pod designated for inmates with medical issues.  According to reports he became unruly in his cell at about 4 a.m.  Eventually he was restrained in a specially designed chair so he wouldn't hurt himself or others.

Jailers checked Andreasen throughout the morning but found him at 10 a.m. unresponsive.  Medical personnel began CPR but he died at the scene.

Andreasen was arrested on June 5 for panhandling.