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.