The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 13, 2014

Inmate attacks jailers


An Anderson County Jail inmate will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant after injuring two jailers during an incident last weekend.

Crystal Ann Torrez, 28, was arrested by the Palestine Police Department on Jan. 19 for multiple charges including theft, fraud, possession of a controlled substance, failure to identify fugitive from justice and driving while license invalid, according to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor.

“Apparently, she wanted to commit suicide, so two female jailers attempted to dress her out in suicide clothing about 2:30 a.m. Saturday,” Taylor told the Herald-Press Wednesday following an investigation. “If an inmate threatens suicide, there are a lot of items that they can use to hurt themselves, so we dress them out in a gown and put them in an observation cell.”

Torrez began to fight the jailers, giving one jailer a broken wrist and the other a laceration and bruising to her face, Taylor said.

“The wrist fracture happened when they took her to the ground. The other officer got kicked in the face while trying to restrain the inmate,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, working in this jail is hazardous because we are not working with friendly and cooperative people. The jail staff have a difficult job managing people who got arrested. But they handled the situation despite the use of force they had to use.”

A warrant for the two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant was expected to be issued Wednesday, Taylor said.

“She's been in jail since Jan. 19 with $23,350 worth of current bonds,” Taylor told the Herald-Press. “We do not know how much the new bonds will be as of yet.”

ASCO Sgt. Brian Chason is investigating the incident.

The jailer with the face laceration is back at work, but the jailer with the wrist fracture will miss work time, due to her injuries, the sheriff said.

“You never know in a jail setting what you are going to have to face. These people we deal can be very dangerous,” Taylor added.









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