Man who died in custody after being arrested in Little Italy identified

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Police have identified the man who died in custody after being arrested in Little Italy earlier this month.

Vito Vitale, also known as Todd James Vitale, 39, died at the hospital after being taken into custody.

Witnesses say Vitale was running in and out of traffic naked near the 600 block of West Grape Street around 11 p.m. Friday yelling for help.

People who witnessed the events also told police that the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

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After placing Vitale into handcuffs, several witnesses had to help officers restrain him. Police provided medical aid to Vitale until paramedics arrived.

Police also identified the officers involved in the incident as Greg Pilkington, a 10-year veteran of the department, Robert Nelson, a three-year veteran and Carlos Diaz, a one-year veteran.

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