Jefferson County Inmate Accused of Purposely Breaking Sprinkler Head to Move to Another Cell

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County inmate is facing charges for allegedly breaking a sprinkler head on purpose in order to move to a different cell.

According to court documents, PSP Punxsutawney filed criminal charges against 25-year-old Daniel Peyton Barrick, of Brookville, in Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office on Friday, May 19.

According to a criminal complaint, police were dispatched to the Jefferson County Jail in Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County, for a report of a damaged sprinkler head around 10:55 a.m. on Monday, May 1. It was reported that on Daniel Peyton Barrick broke a sprinkler head on April 28, causing it to disperse a large amount of water in the cell and surrounding area, the complaint states.

The damages cost approximately $358.00 in repairs and water/sewage usage, the complaint indicates.

Police interviewed Barrick, who was read his Rights and Waiver and consented to questioning. Barrick related he was placed in a single cell with another inmate who he believes is schizophrenic, the complaint notes.

Barrick related he asked the officer on duty to move him, and told the office if he was not moved, he “would do something,” the complaint states.

Barrick related he got up on the bunk and broke the sprinkler head, causing it to go off, the complaint indicates.

Barrick told the investigators he did the same thing in November 2022, so he knew what he was doing to make it go off. He stated he did it because he wanted move.

The following charges were filed against Barrick on May 19:

– Institutional Vandalism Education Facility, Misdemeanor 2
– Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 3

Barrick faces a preliminary hearing on July 13, at 9:45 a.m. with Judge Bazylak presiding.

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