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Pierce County Jail inmate acts out without money to make phone call

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 12, 2013 at 7:48 am |
March 12, 2013 7:48 am

By all accounts, it was a bad week for the 24-year-old Pierce County Jail inmate.

Corrections deputies searched the inmate’s cell Feb. 22 and discovered he had ripped his mattress and dug a hole into the wall with a pencil. The next day, deputies found a shank made from metal torn from the alarm cover. The day after that, a four-inch shank made from a screw, toilet paper roll and bed sheet strips, a tattoo making kit and an alcoholic beverage was found in his cell.

Because the inmate continued causing damage to jail property, authorities apparently took money from his account to pay for some repairs. The inmate was unaware of this.

When the inmate went to make a phone call Feb. 28, he learned he didn’t have as much money as he thought and began banging the phone against the wall. He slammed it into the wall three times after being ordered to stop and struggled with a deputy as he was escorted back to his cell.

The inmate allegedly lunged at the deputy, causing him to smack his back against the wall, and tried to ram the deputy with his head. After he was put back inside his cell, the inmate called the deputy derogatory names and repeatedly banged on his cell door.

“It appears that the defendant was upset because there was no money on his phone account to make a phone call,” according to charging papers. “The defendant’s account was depleted because of previous damage he had done in the jail.”

The inmate has pleaded not guilty to custodial assault and two counts of possessing a deadly weapon in a correctional facility.

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