Suspect in deadly home invasion died after attempting suicide in Bexar County Jail, BCSO says

Joel Sambrano, 20, died at hospital

SAN ANTONIO – An inmate charged with capital murder has died from his injuries after attempting suicide inside the Bexar County Jail, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

BCSO said a detention deputy found the inmate, identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office as 20-year-old Joel Sambrano, attempting to commit suicide at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

A second deputy was called and they cut him down before performing life-saving measures, BCSO said. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center downtown, where he died about an hour later.

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Sambrano was arrested for his involvement in a home invasion and ambush that killed Roy Ponce, 26, on July 30, 2018.

Ponce was found dead with a gunshot wound following an altercation inside the home in the 2200 block of Basse Road. Three suspects were waiting for him when he arrived at the home, an affidavit stated.

A juvenile witness to the incident identified Sambrano as the gunman, an arrest affidavit said. His older brother, Paul Sambrano, was also charged with murder in connection with the incident.

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Joel Sambrano was arrested in September 2018.
Joel Sambrano was arrested in September 2018.

San Antonio police arrested Joel Sambrano in September 2018 after car burglaries were reported in the North Star Mall area.

At the time, he ran from officers investigating the burglaries but he was arrested shortly after.

He admitted to the slaying after police took him in, SAPD said at the time.

He was also charged with possession with intent to deliver and assault with bodily injury, according to BCSO.

BCSO is investigating his death.

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