Anthony Brand Carmignani, 27, of Alameda was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Saturday, July 30 and died later that day. The results of his autopsy, done by the Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner on Monday, are still pending.
Carmignani was arrested on July 29 by Novato Police officers after a woman reported that he had been vandalizing her car. According to San Rafael PD spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher, the woman is believed to be Carmignani’s wife. He resisted arrest but no other details have been made available. Since he died in law enforcement custody, it is typical for an outside agency to investigate the death.
According to records, Carmignani’s ex-wife drove him to the police station in Novato earlier in the day on Friday, but he refused to get out and fled on foot once she called police.
Carmignani was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail at 4 p.m. Friday for violation of parole and suspicion of vandalism, according to records. The next day, he was found in his cell at 12:02 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 12:44 p.m. at Kaiser Terra Linda Hospital.
Nearly 3 1/2 hours after his arrest, Carmignani’s mother called to report that a window in her home had been forced open and an open container of pills was found. She said to police that she believed her son was the one who broke into her home and took the pills.
The results of the autopsy may take some time. Meanwhile, Novato Police are prohibited from discussing the case while it’s being investigated.