Police Investigate In-Custody Death; Death Does Not Appear Criminal in Nature

Police are investigating an inmate death that occurred on Friday, November 20. Monty Roy Saito, 50, of Santa Clara, CA, was extradited from California on multiple outstanding, felonious drug-related charges and booked in the jail on Tuesday, November 10. He was medically cleared upon booking and housed alone in a minimum security risk jail cell.

On Monday, November 16, a deputy found Saito having a medical emergency on the floor in front of his cell. The deputy immediately called for medical assistance and Saito was ground transported to the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital for treatment. Police were notified of the event per protocol. Hospital staff later moved Saito to INOVA Fairfax Hospital based on his particular medical needs. He remained there for about two days then returned to the jail on Wednesday, November 18. He was housed in a cell in the medical infirmary for monitoring.

Overnight on Thursday, November 19, another deputy, doing a routine patrol, found Saito lying unresponsive on the cell floor. He was immediately transported to INOVA Fairfax Hospital; by evening, hospital staff determined his condition had worsened and notified his family. At 2:45 a.m. on Friday, November 20, Saito was pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating. At this time, the death does not appear criminal in nature. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death. The investigation continues in coordination with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office. An update on this investigation will be released within 30 days or as information becomes available.