CCTV cameras captured the horrific unprovoked attack, in which Kiondre Zachery allegedly brutally assaulted respected guard Deputy D. Hernandez on Tuesday.
Zachery, 22, was charged with aggravated battery after the attack in Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa, Florida.
The CCTV footage captured the inmate’s attempt on a guard’s life
The man puts his knee in the officer’s back in an apparent attempt to strangle him
The footage shows the unsuspecting prison officer walking through Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa, Florida. It starts off showing the inmates sitting around and socializing the prison wing’s common area, the then assailant walks into the shot.
Holding a towel, he calmly approaches the 31-year-old guard from behind, throwing it around the officer’s neck. But as he yanks the towel back, Hernandez is able to twist his way out of the choke hold and escape the strangler’s grip.
There were 72 other inmates in the room at the time – many of whom sprung into action to help the embattled guard. Eventually, with the help of several of the inmates, the deputy is able to subdue Zachary who is in prison for burglary, until help arrives.
The inmates struggle with the demented attacker to free guard
Deputy Hernandez was filmed struggling with the inmate before he managed to escape from Zachery’s grasp.
Zachery then appeared to punch the guard before his fellow inmates jumped in and helped tackle him to the ground.
Hillsborough County sheriff’s office said the guard suffered a twisted ankle, bruised knee and abrasions to his neck from the attack. authorities said he could have suffered far worse if it weren’t for the help of other prisoners. He has been a guard at the prison for 10 months.
Zachery was in prison for burglary.
Other deputies arrive on the scene and take over
According to Fox 13 the prisoner has now been charged aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and moved to an isolation cell.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement: “Due to the overall professionalism and respect that detention deputies display towards the inmates on a daily basis, the inmates came to the deputy’s aid preventing the deputy from being seriously injured.
“This incident highlights the extreme danger the men and women working at the Hillsborough County Department of Detention Services face every day.
“It also shows that most inmates know that the deputies inside the pods are not adversaries and are treated fairly and with respect.”