ORANGE – An attack inside Theo Lacy Facility left one inmate in serious condition and with a large cut across his throat Thursday, authorities said.
The attack in the jail happened while the evening meal was being distributed to inmates in a medium-security module, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The inmate – identified only as a 28-year-old man – suffered serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.
He was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana to be treated.
The stabbing occurred at 4:10 p.m. at the maximum security jail, which can hold more than 3,000 inmates.
Eight inmates were in the common area of the medium-security module at the time of the attack, he said.
“Order was restored immediately,” Amormino said.
Deputies have been unable to locate the weapon that was used during the attack, Amormino said.
“They ordered everyone back to the modules. By that time it was gone,” he said.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was identified as an inmate booked on burglary charges.
The motive of the attack was not immediately known, but investigators do not believe the motive was gang-related, or racially motivated.
Authorities will be seeking attempted murder charges against the inmate, Amormino said.
By SALVADOR HERNANDEZ/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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