Arrestee Passes Away at Hospital

A man briefly admitted into Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office custody passed away at a hospital this morning while receiving medical care.

Andrew Joseph Abram, 35, of Virginia Beach, was admitted into the Virginia Beach Correctional Center at 12:05 a.m. after being denied bond by a magistrate on a felony charge of violating his first offender status and a misdemeanor charge of failure to appear in court. Mr. Abram was uncooperative with the arresting officer, sheriff’s deputies and jail medical staff. As a result of their observations of his behavior and out of concern for his health and safety, the Sheriff’s Office requested hospital transport via Emergency Medical Services. EMS transported Mr. Abram to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital at 1:05 a.m. where, despite extensive lifesaving efforts, he was pronounced deceased shortly before 4 a.m.

As with all in-custody deaths, the incident remains under investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department and the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Office. As required, the Sheriff’s Office has reported the death to the Virginia Department of Corrections. No foul play is suspected. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Norfolk.

Any questions or requests for additional information should be directed to: Kathy Hieatt, Public Information Officer: 757.385.8446.