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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary


For Immediate Release
October 9, 2000
For More Information
Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

ASSAULT ADVISORY
Inmate Attacks Correctional Officers
at Everglades CI

MIAMI - An inmate attacked four correctional officers at Everglades Correctional Institution this morning.

Inmate Toby Grant (DC# 056417/DOB: 3-4-56) was eating breakfast in the prison dining hall at approximately 7:58 am when officer Nadrian Brinson told him to finish eating. Grant then threw a cup of coffee in the officer's face and punched him in the shoulder.

Sgt. Eduardo Dieguez, Sgt. Clifford Beck and officer Eddie Irizarry arrived to assist officer Brinson. They started struggling with the inmate and fell to the floor. Sgt. Beck administered pepper spray to the inmate, who was eventually subdued.

Sgt. Dieguez complained of back pain and Sgt. Beck has a swollen right wrist and right knee. Prison medical staff examined all officers and officer Irizarry was transported by ambulance to Kendall Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery for a broken right kneecap and torn tendons.

Metro-Dade police arrived at the prison to question inmate Grant. He has abrasions on his face sustained during the struggle and was examined by prison medical staff. He was placed in confinement at Everglades CI pending an evaluation of his status. The Department of Corrections will recommend that he be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

Inmate Grant is serving a thirty-year sentence for robbery in Duval County. Further information on Grant and a profile of Everglades CI can be found on our website at www.dc.state.fl.us.

Assault Advisory is issued by the Department of Corrections whenever a correctional officer or probation officer is attacked in the line of duty.