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Posted: Monday, December 21st, 2015. 10:02 p.m. CST

Edward BroasterBy Aaron Humes: Police in the Eastern Division (Rural) were kept quite busy over the weekend following their arrest and capture of 25 year old Lane Grinage, facing multiple charges in the home invasion of Lebanese diplomat Sarkis Abou-Nehra.

Sometime on Saturday after he was brought to Ladyville from Seine Bight where he was captured, he was found trying to strangle himself with a red rag in one of the holding cells at the Ladyville Police Station.

Officer Commanding Eastern Division (Rural), Senior Superintendent of Police Edward Broaster says they were able to get to him upon seeing what was happening on their surveillance cameras, set up following the February death of Otto Palma, a rape suspect, at the same holding cell, allegedly caused by his own hand.

Grinage will face charges for his role in the Abou-Nehra incident, but of greater interest to police at present is the contents of a suicide note found at the scene, the contents of which they did not disclose as it is a piece of evidence in the case, and how he was able to get a hold of pen and paper to write the suicide note. Police have opened an investigation at their end as to possible official neglect.

As for Grinage, he has been officially psychologically reviewed and is expected to head to court. According to Broaster, the contents of the note did not necessarily provide any further leads for police in their investigation, and they had no indication that Grinage was suffering any kind of obvious psychological disorder; indeed, Broaster told reporters that Grinage was cooperating, “somewhat”, when he was brought in and faced questioning.

Turning to the investigation itself, Broaster says police continue to search for the firearms stolen in the incident.

Police would not say how they know that the caretaker and his wife attacked in the invasion were spared their lives, nor whether the robbers were looking for something specific during their systematic search of the residence of Abou-Nehra.

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