Police: Jefferson County Jail Inmate Punches Corrections Officer to Try to Get Transferred

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – An inmate at the Jefferson County Jail is facing new charges after he reportedly punched a corrections officer in a bid to be transferred to a different facility.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 22-year-old Daniel Jablonski, of Punxsutawney, currently lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:05 p.m. on August 21, Punxsutawney-Based State Police received a report of an assault at the Jefferson County Jail in Pine Creek Township.

The complaint states the assault reportedly took place between an inmate, identified as Daniel Jablonski, and a member of the corrections staff.

The warden provided Punxsutawney-based State Police with video surveillance footage of the incident.

According to the complaint, the video clearly showed that Jablonski walked toward the victim, then struck the victim in the face with a closed fist.

Police then interviewed Jablonski, who reportedly stated he was “being picked on” and thought if he “hit a guard,” he would be transferred out of the institution sooner.

The complaint states Jablonski fully admitted to the assault.

The following charges were filed against Jablonski through Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office on September 1:

– Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause or causes Bodily Injury to designated individuals, Felony 2
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on October 6, with Judge Bazylak presiding.


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