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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.

Dog December 31, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Why are the deputies tossing cells at 2 am other than harrassement?
Bd December 31, 2013 at 09:26 AM
Yeah Dog, it's the deputies' fault! Friggin deputies. The inmates were just trying to get some well deserved shut-eye after a hard day of lifting weights and watching soap operas when those deputies had the audacity to verify that they were in their bunks with a head count. That's harassment if I ever saw it.
Jimmy Dean December 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Lol that's pretty real Bd. The inmates were probably pissed they did not get stores for the week.
SA December 31, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Even when the Deputies “toss” a cell at 2 a.m. they are accosted and seriously injured … Now what do y’all think would happen if the same Deputies “tossed” the same cell at 2 p.m.? …. I really do not have sympathy for inmates …
Jimmy Dean December 31, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Two on two sounds like a fair fight and then 2 more deps = 4 deps in a two man cell..ive never been to blythe maybe it was a dorm they were walking thru?
ROBERT BLACKMEN December 31, 2013 at 02:32 PM
IF IT WAS INMATES YOU WOULD HERE NOTHING ABOUT THIS CASE..CORRUPTION IN THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT HAS GONE ON FOR YEARS,KILLING OF INMATES,ASSAULTS ON INMATES.ITS ABOUT TIME SOME ONE FOUGHT BACK BECAUSE OF THIS SHERIFF HARASSMENT IN ALL CALIFORNIA JAILS,CDC,THEY MITE BE INMATES BUT THAT IS SOME ONES DAD,MOM,BROTHER,DO YOU BLAME THEM?MOST COPS WERE THE KID THAT GOT MADE FUN OF AND KNOW THEY FEEL THEY GOT SOMETHING TO PROVE..TABLES HAVE TURNED HAVEN"T THEY...
CALIIRONWORKER December 31, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Im on my way to put money on those guys books!
Sew Good December 31, 2013 at 04:27 PM
You're a bunch of cop-haters! Why? Because you are usually on the wrong side of the law? These little darlings are where they belong and deserve whatever "harassment" they get. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------"Fabian Florence Perez, 30, of Indio, accused of fatally shooting an Indio taxi driver during a robbery in 2003; David Gazcon Jr., 34, of Desert Hot Springs, accused in gang-related murder in Desert Hot Springs in 2004; Joseph Roy Scott, 25, of Indio, accused of killing his 3-week-old son in Indio in 2008" ----------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.mydesert.com/article/20131230/NEWS0801/312300007/blythe-jail-escape-attempt
Bd December 31, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Sew Good, I want to be clear that my post was completely facetious! I'm with you, Sister!
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 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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