Prior to his stay at the Queens lock up, Reyes was housed at the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) where he was Jeffrey Epstein’s last cellmate.
Reyes was questioned by the FBI about Epstein and his alleged mistreatment by MCC staff. Reyes cooperated, albeit reluctantly, which earned him a move to QCC where cooperating witnesses like rapper Tekashi69 are held. [PLN, May 2020,
p. 25] Reyes’ niece, Angelique Lopez, stated he had been afraid his FBI interview would follow him “and affect him negatively.”
Lopez gave an interview to the Daily Mail after her uncle died, recounting many of the abusive incidents he told her about Epstein suffering at the hands of MCC staff and prisoners alike. “[Staff] were treating him like crap. They were making him sleep on the floor. They wouldn’t let him sleep on a cot.”
Other prisoners, knowledgeable about Epstein’s vast fortune, continually tried extorting him for money. Lopez said her uncle voiced skepticism that Epstein could have actually hanged himself from the bunk frames in the cell because they simply were not tall enough to allow for hanging. Epstein was supposed to be on suicide watch when he successfully committed suicide.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons which is responsible for operating MCC has reassigned its warden and several ranking staff members, according to an ABC Nightly News report. Epstein’s alleged suicide remains an open, ongoing investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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