Botched robbery suspect committed suicide in jail

Jeffrey Hluchnik was accused of trying to rob Furnari Jewelers

CHESHIRE, Conn. (WWLP) – The man who allegedly tried to rob a jewelry store in the Enfield Square Mall last month took his own life inside his jail cell, Connecticut corrections officials say.

Andrius Banevicius, spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Correction, told 22News that Jeffrey Hluchnik, 42, died Wednesday afternoon.

Banevicius told 22News that just before 3:00 P.M., workers were doing a routine check of the housing units at the Cheshire Correctional Institution when they found Hluchnik in his cell, tied up by his neck.

He was unresponsive, and corrections and medical staff took action to try to save his life. Hluchnik was brought to an area hospital, but died at 3:38 P.M.

Hluchnik was the only person inside the jail cell at the time of his death, Banevicius said.

Hluchnik was being held on $500,000 bail after being accused of trying to rob Furnari Jewelers on May 25.

Store owner Joe Furnari told 22News the suspect came into his store armed with a realistic air pistol, demanding gold and diamonds. Furnari says that he knocked Hluchnik out while the suspect was distracted looking at diamonds, and pinned him to the carpet until police arrived.

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