Meridian Star

August 28, 2013

Six charged in jail disturbance

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — A half dozen inmates held at the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility in Meridian have been charged with offenses stemming from the Saturday night jail disturbance that mobilized several law enforcement agencies and a SWAT team.

    Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said the six men will have their charges added to those offenses they were already being held.

    Charged in connection with the disturbance were Devon Earl Perry, 21, Charles Montez Brock, 22, Montrell Lashun Croft, 22, Brad D. Johnson, 22, Jaquis Kavon Reed, 18, and Damion Demond Collins, 28.

    Collins was charged with felony simple assault on a police officer. He was being held on charges of DUI, possession of a stolen firearm, and felon in possession of a firearm. Reed was also charged with felony simple assault on a police officer. Reed was in jail for two counts of possession of cocaine and felony escape. Brown is charged with felony aiding an escape. Brown was being held for possession of marijuana, shooting into a vehicle, and simple assault. Croft was also charged with felony aiding an escape. He was in jail for two counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of drive by shooting. For his alleged role in the disturbance, Brock was charged with arson. He was in jail for felony carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a stolen firearm, and probation violation. Perry was charged with felony escape. Perry was being held for aggravated assault, three counts of shooting into a dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and murder.

    At about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel were called to the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility in downtown Meridian to a report of a riot. The jail was surrounded by officers of the Meridian Police Department, Marion Police Department, deputies of the LCSD, and troopers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The LCSD SWAT team was called in to quell the incident.

    Calhoun said a tussle between a correctional officer and an inmate resulted in that inmate getting the keys to many of the pods of C Building. Sheriff Billy Sollie said although the inmates could open doors to the pods that hold up to 30 inmates, none of the inmates could get out of C Building.

    Calhoun said members of the LCSD SWAT team were assembled and an hour after the first calls of the disturbance were reported the SWAT team entered the building.

    A few inmates used clothes and toilet tissue to start several small fires, Calhoun said. Those were quickly extinguished and no real damage to the jail was noted.

    Calhoun said no one, inmates nor correctional officers, was injured during the incident.

    Sollie said investigators reviewed video from the surveillance tapes to determine those responsible for the disturbance. He said the charges stem from what the investigators were able to glean from those tapes.

    Sollie said about 90 inmates were exposed to the incident although only a fraction of those inmates actually took part. He said C Building has eight pods and those pods hold a majority of the violent crime inmates at the jail.