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Assault Advisory
April 13, 2017
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FDC Assault Advisories | April 4 - 10, 2017

This is a report of assault advisories that occurred during the specified timeframe. An assault advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – On April 4, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Charlotte Correctional Institution.

Inmate Timothy McElrath (356908) assaulted the officer at approximately 6:10 a.m. EST. Inmate McElrath hit the officer in the torso with a closed fist. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted a swollen knee. Inmate McElrath will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


OCALA, Fla. – On April 5, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Lowell Annex.

Inmate Tawana Townsend (W18347) assaulted the officer at approximately 8:15 a.m. EST. While having her hand restraints removed, Inmate Townsend scratched the officer’s hands. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted minor injuries. Inmate Townsend will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


WEWAHITCKA, Fla. – On April 7, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Gulf Correctional Institution.

Inmate Donald Diguiseppi (C06981) assaulted the officer at approximately 7:55 p.m. CST. Inmate Diguiseppi struck the officer in the face multiple times. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted minor injuries. Inmate Diguiseppi will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


ARCADIA, Fla. – On April 7, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Desoto Annex.

Inmate Wendell Currin (R58567) assaulted the officer at approximately 9:39 p.m. EST. Inmate Currin bit the officer’s finger. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted minor injuries. Inmate Currin will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


LIVE OAK, Fla. – On April 7, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Suwannee Annex.

Inmate Darren Curry (193479) assaulted the officer at approximately 9:21 p.m. EST. Inmate Curry kicked the officer in the face. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted minor injuries. Inmate Curry will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


CHIPLEY, Fla. – On April 8, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Northwest Florida Reception Center.

Inmate Justin Francheshi (X59537) assaulted the officer at approximately 1:51 a.m. CST. Inmate Francheshi kneed the officer in the groin. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Inmate Francheshi will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


PERRY, Fla. – On April 9, an inmate assaulted a correctional officer at Taylor Annex.

Inmate Thomas Johnson (L34681) assaulted the officer at approximately 2:02 p.m. EST. Inmate Johnson struck the officer in the head. Staff responded appropriately, and the inmate was subdued.

Medical staff examined the officer and noted a knot on the head. Inmate Johnson will receive a disciplinary report for this assault.


For further information on the offenders listed, please visit
http://www.dc.state.fl.us/AppCommon/.

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