Jailed For Kidnapping Wife, Immigrant Hangs Self In Cell

Posted: February 09, 1995

DOYLESTOWN BOROUGH — A Polish immigrant serving a sentence in the Bucks County Correctional Facility for an August 1993 shooting and kidnapping at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in New Britain Township was found hanged in his cell Friday morning, authorities said.

Thomas J. Rosko, Bucks County coroner, ruled the death of Ryszard Mazur, 31, a suicide. He said Mazur had used his shoelaces to fashion a noose. Mazur was found by guards shortly after 7 a.m., after he did not report for breakfast, Rosko said. Mazur was last seen alive at an 11 p.m. lockdown.

Prison Warden Allen Nesbitt said the prison was reviewing its policies.

Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein said Mazur, serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for the shooting and kidnapping that triggered a 15-hour standoff with police, apparently was concerned over being deported when his sentence was completed.

In the August 1993 incident, Mazur confronted his estranged wife and her boyfriend at the shrine's cemetery, fired several shots into the air, and then forced his wife at gunpoint to get into a car and drive off with him.

Mazur subsequently released his wife but then put the gun to his head and threatened to kill himself, precipitating the standoff that ended with his surrender.

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