Pris­oner sus­pected of strik­ing in­mate

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

A man in­car­cer­ated at the Car­bon County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity as­saulted an­other in­mate who was ex­er­cis­ing early in the morn­ing July 12, court pa­pers say.

Mal­colm S. Harris, 31, faces charges of as­sault by pris­oner, sim­ple as­sault, stran­gu­la­tion and ha­rass­ment by Nesquehoning po­lice. He was taken to jail af­ter fail­ing to post $100,000 bail set Aug. 3 by Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Casimir Kosci­olek, Lans­ford.

Ar­rest pa­pers state the vic­tim told po­lice he was do­ing push-ups be­tween bunks in his unit around 2:30 a.m. when Harris got in his face, asked him if he knew what time it was and took the vic­tim’s legs out from un­der him. The vic­tim fell to the floor, sus­tain­ing a wrist in­jury, and then Harris punched him in the head, po­lice wrote.

Ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers, Harris at­tempted a sec­ond punch, the vic­tim moved his head and hit it off a bunk. Harris then placed him in a choke­hold and squeezed his neck, court pa­pers state.

Harris re­fused to speak to po­lice.

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