An inmate who punched a sergeant at the Orleans Justice Center in the chest and a murder suspect who managed to obtain a shank while in custody are among the latest round of rebookings at the New Orleans jail, according to arrest reports.
Investigators with the office of Sheriff Marlin Gusman said that Marcel Anderson, a 29-year-old inmate awaiting trial on aggravated battery and other charges, attacked a sergeant in Pod 2-B about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
Anderson punched the sergeant in the chest and resisted when the sergeant tried to bring him under control, according to an arrest report. Deputies said that it took the efforts of a second guard to restrain Anderson.
A judge found probable cause for one count of battery of a correctional facility employee at a hearing Monday. Anderson refused to appear for the hearing, according to court records.
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Meanwhile, deputies said that in a separate incident on Nov. 20 they found a shank hidden in the cell of a man awaiting trial in connection with a 2015 fatal stabbing.
Deputies said they found the homemade knife hidden near the bunk of Luis Orobio Jr., 32, in Pod 2-A. He was rebooked on counts of bringing contraband into a penal institution and illegal carrying of a weapon.
It’s not the first time Orobio has been accused of wielding a sharp blade. Police said that he wounded his estranged girlfriend and killed her brother in a knife attack in Algiers in September 2015.
Orobio was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Doctors are set to examine his mental competency at a Dec. 14 hearing.
Sheriff’s Office deputies also rebooked three inmates facing life sentences on counts of simple escape earlier this month.
Jekym Dowell and Will Reed, who were both awaiting trial on second-degree murder counts, as well as Henry Campbell, who was awaiting trial on aggravated rape of a victim under 13, were walking on Pod 2-F without authorization about midnight on Nov. 3, according to arrest reports.
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Deputies said that when they tried to prevent the inmates from leaving the pod, they proceeded to a jail “interlock” before going back to their units.
The arrest reports do not make clear whether the men were at risk of actually getting outside the jail during the incident.
Campbell is also accused of dropping his trousers and flashing his genitals during the incident, according to an arrest report.
Campbell and Reed are now being held in East Carroll Parish, according to jail records. Dowell pleaded to a lesser charge of manslaughter a week after the incident.