A 30-year-old male inmate at the Merced County Mail Jail was briefly hospitalized after being stabbed Wednesday night, sheriff's deputies reported.
The inmate was flown to a Modesto hospital, but was back at the jail within hours of being treated, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.
The incident was reported just after 10:00 p.m. after the inmate was discovered in a cell, with multiple stab wounds on his legs. The victim was being housed with four other inmates. One of the wounds almost hit an artery, MacKenzie said.
Detective Dwayne Pavelski responded to investigate. He learned the stabbing happened after a fight, when the other inmates asked the victim to make arrangements to move another the cell. When he refused, he was jumped by the other inmates, MacKenzie said.
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The four inmates in the cell refused to say anything when questioned and the victim's being extremely uncooperative with detectives, not talking about the incident.
MacKenzie said it's unknown who or how many inmates were involved in the fight. The weapon wasn't found and no arrests have been made.
The victim was in jail on a parole violation for narcotics and spousal abuse charges.
-- Sun-Star staff