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Disabled man who died in custody had heart problem

BALTIMORE — A man with Down syndrome who died of asphyxia after he was restrained at a movie theater had anger issues and health problems that made him susceptible to sudden death, according to an autopsy report made public Tuesday.

The report by the Maryland medical examiner’s office provides new public details about the death of Robert Ethan Saylor, 26, of New Market. He died Jan. 12 after three Frederick County sheriff’s deputies, moonlighting as mall security guards, tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater at the management’s request.

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