Inmate ‘Snaps,’ Allegedly Assaults Correctional Officer

crime-newsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A 21-year-old inmate has been accused of felony aggravated assault and related charges stemming from an incident that occurred on June 3, 2015.

According to a criminal complaint, on June 4, 2015, Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Humes was informed by Warden Elbel, of the Jefferson County Jail, of an incident that occurred on June 3, 2015, sometime between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. involving an inmate – 21-year-old Zachary M. Webb – and several correction officers.

The complaint states that Webb was allegedly disrupting the operations at the jail; throwing bodily fluids; retrieving and/or fishing; refusing to obey correction officer; filled a sock up with bars of soap to hit the correction officer with; littering (dumped a garbage can of trash on the floor); assaulting correction officers; spitting on correction officers; attempting to spit on another correction officer; and other violations.

While the correction officers were trying to perform their duties and settle down Webb, he allegedly hit a correction officer on the right side of his face and spit on his arm. A short while later Webb allegedly stuck his head out of the opening and spit at a correction officer, missing him, the complaint indicates.

Deputy Sheriff Humes interviewed Webb on June 4, but all Webb allegedly said to Humes was “I just snapped.” Humes informed him there will be charges filed against him. Humes asked him if the guards did something to him to provoke him, he just allegedly said, “I just snapped!” the complaint continues.

On June 7, 2015, Webb allegedly admitted on tape that he slapped a known correction officer on his face, according to the complaint.

Additionally, on June 7, 2015, between the hours of 1:40 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Webb was allegedly causing a disturbance with throwing toilet water all over the block and was being extracted from the cell. During the extraction, Webb allegedly “headbutted” a known correction officer in the stomach and kicked him two times in the leg, the complaint states.

Following an investigation, Deputy Sheriff Humes requested charges be filed against Webb.

According to online court documents, Webb faces the following offenses:

  • two counts of Aggravated Assault, Felony 2
  • two counts of Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
  • three counts of Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 8 in front of Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak.


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