Scuffle between jailer and two inmates ends in assault charges

News Center 23

POSTED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 8:53am

According to reports from the sheriff's office, six or seven inmates attacked another inmate at Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center.

When the detention officers entered the cell in an attempt to talk to them and get them out, that's when the incident happened:

"A couple of the individuals there...they jumped on the jailer," said Cameron County sheriff Omar Lucio.

The two inmates who assaulted the jailer have been identified as 30-year-old Luis Felipe Rodriguez and 33-year-old Jesus Alberto Lamas. 

"What the jailers did, they just went up there and they just separated them and put them in different locations because we don't want them to be grouped together," said Lucio.

Even though no one was injured in the scuffle, Lamas and Rodriguez now have two assault charges pending on their record, in addition to the criminal charges they were already in the detention center for.

Rodriguez was at Carrizales as a second-time burglar, and Lamas was in there for unpaid child support. The official title of their new charge is called assault on a public servant, which is a third degree felony. The bond for both Rodriguez and Lamas is set at $47,500. 

Sheriff Lucio insists that nothing further happened or escalated from the scuffle.

"That was the extent of it," said Lucio. "There was no riot or anything like that."

Reporting in Olmito, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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