DETAINEES CHARGED IN JAIL ATTACKS
Thursday, December 18, 2014
—Two detainees have been charged in separate incidents, one for attacking an assistant Cook County public defender and another for attacking a Cook County Sheriff’s correctional officer, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.
On Dec. 10, detainee Jimmie Smith stabbed one of his public defenders with a makeshift knife inside Division 9 of the jail, according to a Sheriff’s Office investigation. He also punched the victim. The attack occurred at the conclusion of a visit with his two public defenders. Smith, 39, was handcuffed during the visit.
Correctional officers immediately took custody of Smith, tended to the attorney’s injuries and called 9-1-1. The attorney was treated for his injuries at an area hospital.
Smith has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of contraband in a penal institution. He is scheduled to appear in bond court today at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courts Building.
Smith currently is being held without bond at Cook County Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of contraband in a penal institution.
On Dec. 2, detainee Aaron Donaldson, 32, punched a Cook County Jail correctional officer inside Cermak Hospital, the onsite jail hospital, causing the officer to lose consciousness. The detainee was handcuffed at the time. The officer was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
On Dec. 9, Donaldson was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and received a $200,000 bond at a hearing on Dec.10.
Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.