Teen inmates attack jailer, injuring him

Teen inmates attack jailer, injuring him

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two juvenile offenders face more charges after investigators say they attacked a jailer.

The 16- and 17-year-old suspects are charged with second-degree battery following Sunday's incident at the Craighead County Detention Center.

That morning the two suspects told a jailer making cell checks that they needed to be separated because they were about to fight.

When the officer removed the 17-year-old suspect from the cell, the 16-year-old grabbed the officer's shirt from inside the cell and held him while the other "could jump him," the incident report said.

The first suspect swung at the officer, grazing his left temple.

According to the report, the jailer was "having difficulty calling for backup because they [the suspects] were trying to get his radio."

The jailer managed to break away and run down stairs. When he did, the first suspect jumped over the railing "attempting to fight" him.

The 17-year-old started "jumping and bouncing around, getting the unit riled and worked up," the report said.

The jailer ran out of the unit and notified his partner who called for backup.

Several officers then re-entered the unit and told the 17-year-old suspect to get on the floor. When he resisted, one of the officers tased the suspect and secured him.

Both suspects have pending felony charges, according to the report. They will have a probable cause hearing on Wednesday for the additional felony charge of second-degree battery/injuries to a correctional officer.

The officer had "slight swelling" in the left temple area where he was struck, the report said.

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