Sebring rape suspect hangs himself in jail

William Tryon

YOUNGSTOWN – A man arrested on rape charges in Sebring earlier this month hanged himself in the Mahoning County Jail.

According to news partner WKBN-TV, Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene confirmed deputies found 45-year-old William Tryon hanging in his jail cell during early morning hours on Dec. 21.

Greene said staff gave Tryon his breakfast just 17 minutes before finding him hanging. Deputies and medical staff performed CPR, but he later died at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The jail’s policy is to check on inmates every 30 minutes, while state law is once an hour.

Greene said Tyron hung himself using bed sheets hung on a hinge on the wall.

According to media reports, Tryon was arrested earlier in December, after a several months-long investigation.

An affidavit filed in the Sebring Court on Dec. 8 alleges that Tryon and Chrystal Clark, 45, raped a woman. The complaint alleges that the victim was assaulted in February at the West Texas Avenue home that Clark and Tryon share.

Police say the victim came forward to report the assault in July. According to that paperwork, law enforcement officials say that the victim was too intoxicated to consent.

Tryon had been in jail since Dec. 9, where he was put on suicide watch for three days. He was taken off of suicide watch after he was screened multiple times.