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Madison County rape suspect dies after arrest

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities are trying to determine what caused a man to go unconscious and die Monday as he was waiting for transportation to the Madison County Jail. Neal Matthias Grillo, 37, collapsed after he was arrested by deputies at 10:00 a.m., according to Lieutenant Donny Shaw.

Authorities say Grillo voluntarily came in for an interview at the Criminal Investigation Divison. They say he was a suspect in a rape, sodomy and burglary incident. After the interview, deputies determined there was cause for a charged and arrested him. Shaw says no use of force was used and an altercation did not ensue during the arrest process.

While waiting for transportation, Shaw says the suspect became unconscious in less than 15 minutes. A patrol deputy performed CPR until HEMSI arrived. Upon arrival, HEMSI performed life-saving measures, according to Shaw. Grillo was then transported to Huntsville Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

Shaw says an autopsy and toxicology will be performed by the Department of Forensic Sciences to determine what exactly did happen. He also mentioned a search warrant was issued for the 100 block of Bridge Crest Drive.

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