A correctional officer at the Anchorage Jail was briefly hospitalized Friday morning after an inmate stabbed him in the neck.
Department of Corrections Deputy Director Sherrie Daigle said 35-year-old Manuel Rodriguez, “a mentally ill inmate that was in segregation” for disciplinary issues, stabbed the corrections officer with a small pencil some time after 7:15 a.m.
Daigle said the pencil was "similar to what would be used to score a golf game," and was about three inches long. It was not modified in any way to make it a weapon, she said.
The officer’s wound was not life-threatening.
Other officers in the segregation unit came to help the officer. Daigle said he did not lose consciousnesses and was “alert and stable during transportation” to medical attention. He was evaluated, treated, and released before 9:15 a.m., by which time he had returned to the facility off-duty to speak with Alaska State Troopers handling the investigation.
Daigle said Rodriguez was in “punitive segregation” for disciplinary issues at the time of the incident, but did not have information on the issue or his specific mental illness.
The segregation unit was fully staffed at time of incident, she added.
Rodriguez was booked into the jail on June 10, 2012 on theft, assault and robbery charges. Daigle said he has a history of being violent while in custody and will likely face assault charges.
Alaska State Troopers are still investigating the incident.