Woman commits suicide awaiting trial

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 7, 2011


A Troy woman awaiting trial on charges of breaking into a home and violating her parole hung herself in the Oakland County Jail.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered Salwa Salim Mansour, 41, had attempted suicide by hanging, and found her unresponsive and unconscious in the jail at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 6.

Deputies started CPR, and Mansour was transported via ambulance to Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan in Pontiac, were she was pronounced dead.

Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said that Mansour was housed in an area where inmates may leave their cells to go to a common area. Mansour’s cellmate had left the cell when Mansour used a bed sheet to hang herself.

McCabe explained that it’s not uncommon for prisoners to be alone in their cells, and that full staff was on duty at the time of the incident.

Mansour was charged with first-degree home invasion and larceny from an auto. She had appeared in 52/4 District Court Aug. 29 without an attorney, and her bond was set at $25,000 cash/surety.

A Troy resident called police when he discovered someone in his home on Congress in the early hours of Aug. 27. The suspect fled from the home on foot, and Troy police set up a perimeter around the home and located a woman dressed in all black clothing, wearing rubber gloves, and carrying a blue backpack that contained purses, GPS units, jewelry and narcotics suspected to be crystal methamphetamine.

Troy police said Mansour had pleaded guilty to possession of stolen credit cards in March and had been sentenced to 210 days in jail, and was released before serving the full 210 days. She was also charged with violating her parole on the stolen credit card charge.

Oakland County sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the death.

“Obviously this is tragic,” McCabe said. “It’s very sad. These things happen.” He said the Oakland County jail houses between 1,600 and 1,700 inmates, and has had 11 suicides since 1989, which ranks, per capita, among the lowest in the country.