Oak Park Heights Inmates Charged with Assaulting Corrections Officers

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Minnesota Department of Corrections

September 11, 2018 01:53 PM

Two inmates at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights have been charged with fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee, probation officer, prosecutor or judge after an incident last February in which they are accused of attacking correctional officials as inmates were returning to a housing unit at the prison.

Court records show 30-year-old Justin James Hanks and 30-year-old Joshua Anthony Jones are charged in Washington County.


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According to the criminal complaint, Jones began to assault one of the employees by throwing punches, then Hanks attacked a correctional officer who attempted to come to the other employee's aid. Hanks reportedly hit that correctional officer, causing him to fall to his knees. Then Hanks allegedly continued striking the officer in the head and put him in a choke hold.

Jones allegedly continued to assault the other employee until staff were able to restrain him.

The complaint states the officer attacked by Hanks suffered a laceration to the inside of his lip, contusions to his body and an acute strain of his neck muscle as a result of the attack. The officer attacked by Jones suffered bleeding and bruising on his face and was diagnosed with a concussion.


Frank Rajkowski

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