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Inmate assaults officer because he doesn't want to be released

  • Alexandro Guerrero
    PCSOAlexandro Guerrero

An inmate who wanted to remain in custody assaulted a Pinal County Detention Center officer last week, authorities said.

Alexandro Guerrero, 26, attacked the officer "without provocation" while waiting in the booking area to be released on April 17, said Tim Gaffney, a spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

"Guerrero punched the detention officer in the face as the officer was walking by him. The officer had no time to react to the vicious attack," Gaffney said.

Guerrero continued to punch and kick the officer after knocking him to the ground, Gaffney said.

The inmate was restrained by the officer and other staff members, he said.

The officer, who was not identified by the department, suffered a broken nose and had to have numerous stitches to close the wound on his face caused by the assault, Gaffney said.

When questioned, Guerrero said he has a hit placed on him by Los Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel.

The inmate said he was labeled a "snitch" by the cartel for providing information to law enforcement. Guerrero said the cartel ordered his death, Gaffney said.

Guerrero said he assaulted the officer to avoid being released from custody, Gaffney said.

Guerrero, a Yuma resident, was booked back into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on 3 counts of Aggravated Assault on a Detention Officer. He is being held on a $50,000 bond, Gaffney said.

Guerrero had been ordered released after serving time for an outstanding “Failure to Comply” warrant out of Yuma, Gaffney said.

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