A detention deputy was punched in the back and face 25 times by two Muslim inmates Friday, causing him to lose consciousness at one point, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
CLICK ORLANDO (h/t Marvin W) The sheriff’s office said two inmates, 34-year-old Carlos Dupree and 20-year-old Marion Gavins, were preparing to meet and asked to bring prayer items with them. Once the request was approved, the detention deputy began to search through the Islamic prayer books, according to deputies.
The deputy was able to search through Gavins’ items and once he tried to search Dupree’s items, the inmate told him “he would not allow him to search his Quran,” according to the sheriff’s office. Officials said the detention deputy tried to reach for the Quran and Dupree shoved the deputy away. The deputy attempted to detain him when Gavins also started shoving the deputy into the wall, deputies said.
The sheriff’s office said the two inmates began attacking the deputy and punching him in the back and face, causing him to pass out. Another detention deputy heard the altercation and was able to detain the inmates.