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Joshua Kannon Claypole of Big Sur accused of murdering a taxi driver in Monterey attempted suicide

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A man accused of murdering a taxi driver and carjacking a pickup truck in Monterey last week was taken to a hospital Sunday after trying to kill himself in jail, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. A sheriff’s deputy conducting a routine health and welfare check at 2:30 p.m. found Joshua Kannon Claypole, 20, of Big Sur, hanging in his cell at the Monterey County Jail in Salinas, deputies said.

Deputies and medical staff worked to save Claypole, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment, deputies said. Ryan McGuirk, a supervising deputy district attorney who is handling the investigation into Claypole’s suicide attempt, could not be reached to comment about the suspect’s condition today. Claypole was arrested by the Monterey Police Department at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Del Monte Drive near Broadway Avenue in Seaside on suspicion of murder and carjacking, police said.

Claypole had been a passenger in a taxicab driven by Daniel Garcia Huerta, 44, who picked the suspect up outside a Wells Fargo Bank in Carmel, police said. At about 1:11 p.m., Huerta was stabbed to death in the parking lot of Enterprise Car Rental at 1178 Del Monte Road in Monterey, police said. About three minutes later, the suspect confronted a woman who was inside a Ford pickup at 1100 Del Monte, forced her out of the truck and drove away until police pulled him over and arrested him in Seaside, police said.

The attack on the taxi driver appeared to be “random and unprovoked,” police said. Claypole had been housed in a single cell for his protection due to the notoriety of the case. His bail was been set at $1.1 million, police said.

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