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Guard Attacked by Former Inmate on the Pike

by ARLnow.com June 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm 7,179 25 Comments

An off-duty Arlington County Detention Center guard was assaulted by a former inmate outside a 7-Eleven on the 3000 block of Columbia Pike this afternoon, authorities tell ARLnow.com.

The guard, an Arlington sheriff’s deputy, was treated at a hospital after the attack, according to Maj. Mike Pinson of the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office. The injured deputy was spotted talking to police officers after the attack while wearing a small head bandage and an arm sling, but Pinson was unable to confirm the exact nature of his injuries.

The alleged assailant, meanwhile, was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for injuries that Pinson described as “minor.” The photo above shows the man handcuffed while being photographed and interviewed by police. Pinson said charges are pending against the man, a former inmate.

Attacks against sheriff’s deputies who work at the lockup are “infrequent,” Pinson said.

  • LyonSteve

    More pics of the female officer, please.

    • LyonSteve

      Just kidding of course.

  • over it



    Lyon you beat me to it. FREDTERP

  • Kwok

    Thought that was a little kid.

    • LyonSteve

      Yeah, at first glance, I thought it was a woman, then I looked closer, thought it was a kid, then maybe a dude. I’m not really sure, so that’s why I retracted my request.

      • MayorOfWestover

        Black nail polish. Probably got some wicked ink too.

        • Princess Buttercup

          She’s a hottie… She chopped her hair off for Locks for Love.

          I’d do her đŸ™‚

  • ontarioroader

    And folks wonder why law enforcement officers usually carry their firearms off-duty. Thankfully HR 218/Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act allows it.

  • Thes

    From the article, I think the term “prison” guard is incorrect. The Arlington County Detention Facility is a jail, not a prison.

  • SouthArlJD

    Wow, that really IS unusual. I can’t remember the last time I heard of a deputy being attacked like that. There’ve been some attacks on attorneys in court or the lockup, but attacks against any court personnel are very rare.

  • G Clifford Prout

    Now everyone knows why we need more 7-11’s on the PIKE. They’re overcrowded with felons, hoods, thugs and minor deviants

    • MattB

      If you think you are alone you should come to the 7-11 in Ballston around 10pm on a Friday evening. They all seem to come out of the wood work.

      • bred

        Actualy a lot earlier than 10 PM.

        • Maria

          Agreed… it’s all times of day there.

    • Arl

      They hang around because teens give them money to buy their beer.

  • el

    We have Deputy sheriffs in Arlington. Not prison guards.

    • nrny2arlva

      yes similiar to Mayberry, remember Barney he was a deputy sherrif.

  • And now the former inmate is a current inmate.

  • ArlForester

    Considering the way I have seen the sheriffs treat the inmates, this doesn’t surprise me. Some of them go out of their way to be jerks. I know they aren’t dealing with saints but anyone who has seen it knows what I am talking about.

    • Arch88

      I hope that Deputy ignores your call for help if you ever need it. I don’t understand how you can disrespect someone that risks their life to keep you safe.

  • Ann

    A correction needs to be made to this article. They’re not just a regular prison guard–they are deputy sheriffs–law enforcement officers and not correctional officers. As deputy sheriffs, they can make arrests, patrol the streets, secure courthouse and peform civil processes. Prison guards work in a prison and deputy sheriffs work in a jail or detention facility.

    • It already states that in the article.


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