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LUMBERTON — A 44-year-old inmate at the Robeson County Detention Center was taken to the hospital on Monday after attempting to hang himself in his cell, a jail administrator said.

According to Maj. George Kenworthy, the inmate was found by an officer making his rounds at about 4 p.m. The inmate was provided “life-saving measures at the facility” by Emergency Medical Services personnel, Kenworthy said.

The inmate was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, but a hospital spokesperson did not acknowledge he was at the hospital. The Robesonian has elected not to publish the inmate’s name.

According to Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, the incident is being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation.

The inmate is serving time for common law robbery and possession of a firearm by felon in connection with a May 2013 bank robbery in Lumberton, Sealey said. He was arrested during a standoff with law enforcement agencies in which he threatened to kill himself if detained.

The detention center houses about 420 inmates.

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