Bike-Thieving Doctor Found Dead

Thanks to Ellen for sending me the link to this. The Longview doctor arrested for stealing high-end bicycles was found dead Saturday. He committed suicide Friday night in a hospital where he was admitted after a previous suicide attempt. He was awaiting trial and out on bail.

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A popular podiatrist who was charged with stealing about $55,000 worth of expensive racing bicycles in Washington, Oregon and Utah has committed suicide at a hospital.

According to a police report, Jacob J. Bos, 35, hanged himself Friday night in his room in the psychiatric ward of St. John Medical Center at Longview. Two certified nursing assistants found his body Saturday morning, police reported.Bos, 35, had been released on $5,500 bail while awaiting trial in Cowlitz County Superior Court on nine counts of first-degree possession of stolen property and three counts of trafficking in stolen property.

He was admitted to St. John Medical Center on Feb. 7 after attempting to kill himself by overdose, according to a police report. Bos also tried to commit suicide on Jan. 22 after being questioned by Seattle police, cutting his forearm and trying to drive into the Kalama River. A hospital spokesman said Sunday he could not comment on procedure with patients who have previously attempted suicide.

One of the nursing assistants who found the body told police she last saw Bos alive when he went to bed at 8 p.m. Friday. She said she checked on him every half hour by opening the door and shining a flashlight on his bed without knowing that pillows and blankets had been arranged on the bed to resemble a person sleeping. The ruse went undetected until she went to awaken him at 6 a.m. Saturday. Failing to find Bos in an initial search of the room, the nursing assistant got a colleague to join her and they discovered his body hanging in the bathroom, a leather belt around his neck, police wrote.

The guy had some serious issues and from the looks of it, stealing expensive bicycles were the least of them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

please don't judge this man. to the same magnitude that he had personal problems (that the whole world does not know of), he was also a wonderful man. isn't it horrible to drag a person through the dirt posthumously?