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Detainees jump inmate in maximum security facility

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - As the Department of Corrections faces a myriad of deadlines to come into compliance with a federal consent decree, it finds itself investigating an incident that occurred in what's supposed to the most secure area of the Mangilao compound.

It's called the SHU, with agency spokesman Jeff Limo recalling of an incident, "It took place in the Special Housing Unit Post 6." The maximum security unit is home, typically to the most dangerous and disruptive inmates, but this past Sunday two detainees jumped another detainee in the yard. Limo detailed, "Two of them are assigned up there for security reasons and t6hat's because they got into other troubles within the Agana facility and was transported out for disciplinary segregation the other person that was the victim in this incident was serving his remaining time at the special housing unit due to his court-ordered sentence."

According to court documents a detainee was allowed to go outside for some fresh air, another detainee, identified as Ninton Hauk, managed to get out of his cell and attack him. While an officer ran out to stop the fight, a second detainee, Yprok Chutaro, ran out on to the yard and also began attacking the first detainee. While an officer managed to pull off Hauk, other officers joined in to get Chutaro. After both were restrained, Chutaro allegedly remained combative and belligerent. Hauk also admitted to officers that he had homemade shanks in his cell. Officers found a 7" shank, and a 9" and 10" metal wire for use to make other shanks. Two officers suffered minor injuries in the altercation. As for the detainee who was jumped, he suffered multiple injuries to his face and a cut on his right hand.

So how could this happen in the maximum security unit? "That's the reason why its with me its under internal affairs investigation to determine how these two other inmates were allowed to be out while one inmate was out for fresh air its going to have to take us into what protocols of that specific unit on that particular day," said Limo.

He confirms the maximum security also happens to be on the list of areas the federal judge has ordered the electronic locking systems be repaired. In the meantime, all three detainees have since been separated.
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