|Re: Battery On Law Enforcement Officers|
|Friday, 18 February 2011 09:03|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Re: BATTERY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
On February 16, 2011, at approximately 2:00 a.m., deputies responded to the Okeechobee County Jail in reference to an inmate causing a disturbance. Upon arrival deputies were informed by Sgt. Frank Prescott that he and Detention Deputy Lisle responded to the inmate housing area. They observed inmate Parr yelling and displaying erratic behavior. He was yelling, “I want him to hit me!”, and “just kill me.” The officers advised Parr to retrieve his belongings as he was being moved to another location. As inmate Parr entered the confinement area, he threw his belongings on the ground and charged the officers. Parr struck Sgt. Prescott in the head with a closed fist. Parr pulled D/D Lisle’s glasses off his face and broke them. Officers Bulanda and Bishop entered the area to assist while Parr continued to fight all the officers. After being sprayed with Oleoresin Capsicum(OC), Parr was placed into a full body restraint. Parr was charged with two (2) counts Battery on Detention Deputy, and Criminal Mischief.
Parr was originally arrested on 12/16/10 for Aggravated Battery, Battery Domestic Violence, Battery, (2) counts-Criminal Mischief Less Than $200. On 1/7/2011, while in custody, Parr was arrested for the offenses of (2) counts-Felony-Battery Prior Convictions
Again, on February 16, 2011, at approximately 11:27 p.m., deputies responded to the Okeechobee County Jail, in reference to Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer. Upon arrival, Deputy Astacio was informed that inmate Robin Sullivan had touched or struck Cpl. Mark Garland. Sullivan had been arrested by the City Police Department earlier for the offense of Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief Less Than $200.
While Sullivan was in the holding cell, she became upset and started kicking the walls. Several officers entered the cell and advised Sullivan several times to stand up. Sullivan refused. She was then placed in a restraining chair to prevent her from harming herself. While Cpl Garland was securing her feet in the chair, Sullivan kicked Garland and spit on him. Sullivan was arrested for the offense of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
None of the officers involved sustained serious injuries.
Sheriff Paul C. May said of the arrests, “These Detention Deputies face danger on a daily basis, the same as our deputies on the road. They are not punching bags and we will not put up with these assaults on our Officers. These assailants will be held in the strictest of custody and charged to the fullest extent of the law. We run the Okeechobee County Jail, they do not!"
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer