Five Yakima County jail inmates have been charged with prison riot in connection with an Oct. 31 fight with two corrections officers.
Josue Cohetzaltitla, Jovanni B. Collazo-Moreno, Guadalupe Gutierrez, Hector Manuel Hernandez and Jesus Sanchez-Hernandez also were charged in Yakima County Superior Court earlier this week with disarming a law enforcement officer and two counts each of custodial assault, according to court records.
The incident began around 7:20 p.m., as a corrections officer conducted a head-count in a fourth-floor housing unit, according to court documents. As the officer made his rounds, Hernandez, 27, refused to allow the officer into the room he shared with Cohetzaltitla, 22, an affidavit filed by sheriff’s deputies said.
Hernandez then punched the officer in the head, causing the officer to stumble back into the unit’s day room where Hernandez, Cohetzaltitla, Collazo-Moreno, 21; Gutierrez, 33; and Sanchez-Hernandez, 19; attacked him, the affidavit said.
During the fight, the officer’s stun gun fell out of its holster on to the unit’s floor, the affidavit said. Another officer who came to the first officer’s aid was attacked by two of the inmates, according to court records.
As other officers arrived to end the fight, one of the inmates grabbed the stun gun and fired it at the officers, but the darts missed, the affidavit said.
Officers subdued the five, spraying Collazo-Moreno with pepper mace, the affidavit said, and the two officers were checked at a local hospital, the records said. Corrections officers noted in their reports of the incident that Hernandez and Cohetzaltitla smelled of homemade alcohol.
They are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Nov. 15.