In a coordinated prison attack in Florida, an inmate tied a pillowcase over a guard’s neck and choked her from behind, as caught on surveillance video.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said that in their online booking records, 42-year-old Bridgette Lee Harvey of Spring Hill was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a weapon to cause great bodily harm, the introduction of contraband into a detention facility, and two counts of escape from confinement.
Harvey approached Deputy Lillian Jimenez around 1 a.m., according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. EDT on June 7 at the Falkenburg Road Jail’s women’s pod and said another inmate needed help.
In a report by the Tampa Bay Times:
When Jimenez was checking on inmate April Christina Colvin, 37, of Brandon, in the women’s lavatory, Harvey allegedly approached her, threw a pillowcase around her neck, and attempted to choke her.
Sheriff’s office, Jimenez was able to use her radio to call other deputies for help. Several other inmates came to Jimenez’s aid and removed the pillowcase while freeing her from Harvey’s grip, the sheriff’s office said in its news release.
The incident was captured by one of the jail’s surveillance cameras.
“While these inmates put our deputy in danger, there were others who did the right thing by coming to her aid, and for that, I am grateful,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the release. “Thanks to the quick response of our Emergency Response Team and the inmates who showed compassion to help our deputy, a dire situation turned into the safe rescue of Deputy Jimenez.” The inmates who helped were praised on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. “May your courage and bravery be noticed,” Chaleeta Mullins wrote.
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