18-year-old Homicide Suspect Punches Correctional Deputy, Alleges HCSO
This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On Saturday, January 9, 2016, at approximately 9:45 p.m. Humboldt County Correctional Deputies were escorting homicide suspect, 18 year old inmate Richard Dean, to his cell. Once Dean’s handcuffs were removed he turned toward one of the Correctional Deputies and punched the deputy several times. The other deputies detained Dean, who continued to struggle against them. Dean was touch stunned by one of the deputies’ Taser’s and then complied with the deputies.
The assaulted Correctional Deputy was taken to a local hospital for their injuries and later released.
Dean was arrested for felony battery on a peace officer.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.