4 Sheriff’s Deputies Seriously Injured During Brawl With Inmates

Four inmates were identified as the alleged attackers.

Blythe Jail located at 260 N. Spring Street.  Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.
Blythe Jail located at 260 N. Spring Street. Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that four of its deputies were hospitalized following an attack by inmates at the Blythe Jail early Sunday morning.

The alleged attack occurred around 2:20 a.m. as deputies conducted security checks on inmate cells, according to a report from Sgt. Thomas Velarde.

“During this check, two deputies were assaulted by inmates housed at the facility,” Velarde reported.

Two other deputies responded to the fight and were also assaulted, according to Velarde’s report.

“In total, four sheriff’s deputies were seriously injured and required medical treatment at a local hospital. Security measures were in place and no inmates were able to escape,” Velarde wrote.

Officers from the Blythe Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Sheriff’s Colorado River Station responded to the scene.

According to Velarde, the following four inmates were identified and are facing criminal charges in the alleged attack against the deputies:

  • Fabian Florence Perez, 30, from Indio
  • Joseph Roy Scott, 25, from Indio
  • Louie Aguilar, 33, from Blythe
  • David Gazcon Jr., 34, from Desert Hot Springs

The four men are suspected of crimes linked to the alleged attack that range from “attempted murder, attempted escape, conspiracy, and assaulting/injuring a peace officer while serving time in a correctional facility,” according to Velarde's report.

SA December 31, 2013 at 05:30 PM
@Mr. Blackmen … please clarify … are you maintaining that although an “inmate” most likely a violent offender should be given common courtesies? Are you maintaining that inmates should be treated via “the golden rule”?
Bd December 31, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Robert, no one is condoning corruption in the Sheriff's department, but there's an easy fix for that....go to school, get a job, stay away from low-lifes. It's about 100% effective.
Steve M January 01, 2014 at 04:23 AM
Those 4 inmates against the world,,,,,I'll take the the world.
F. De Moraes January 01, 2014 at 12:21 PM
These types of incidents will only become more frequent now that the State is dumping their prisoners on the local jails due to their overcrowding problems. Not only will we have more assaults against staff but also against inmates. Solution, we build more prisons and we start executing the backlog awaiting the death penalty to show that we mean business! Hell, televise their execution on pay-per-view in order to bring in some much needed revenue to pay for the construction of new prisons. ;)


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