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State of Maryland
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
Communications Office Contact
Mark Vernarelli ~ 410-339-5065 ~

Two Inmates Seriously Injured in Unrelated Assaults at Cumberland Prisons

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TOWSON, MD (November 27, 2012 )--- A 52-year old inmate serving life for a first degree sexual assault was injured during an assault today at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland.

The assault occurred during the lunch movement at the maximum-security prison, and appears to be an isolated, one-on-one incident.

Another inmate serving life has been identified as a possible suspect.

The victim was taken to Western Maryland Regional Heath Center in Cumberland.

No weapons were involved and no staff were injured.

Today’s assault follows another serious apparent inmate-on-inmate assault at Western Correctional Institution next-door. That incident occurred around lunchtime on Monday.

In that case, correctional staff found a 19-year old inmate unresponsive in his cell with serious head and facial injuries. That inmate, serving time for drug and gun charges, was taken to the hospital in Cumberland and last night transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

Another inmate is the suspect in that case.

As is routine procedure in serious assault cases where injuries may be life-threatening, DPSCS Internal Investigative Unit detectives begin the investigation, notifying Maryland State Police homicide detectives as a precaution.