Inmate faces charge after officer bitten

An inmate at the Johnson County Jail bit a corrections officer who was trying to restrain the prisoner, authorities report.

Jessie Robinson, 22, 7285 Orinoco Ave., Indianapolis, has been in the jail since Aug. 4 after being arrested on a charge of battery.

On Sunday afternoon, Robinson was hitting his cell door and refused to follow directions of corrections officers, authorities said.

An officer decided to restrain Robinson in a specially outfitted chair used to control combative inmates, so he would stop hitting his cell door.

When officers tried to get him into the chair, he refused to cooperate and tried to kick and hit officers in the head, according to a police report. Robinson also yelled threats at the officers and tried to hit them with his head while being restrained.

As one of the officers tried to secure Robinson into the restraint chair, Robinson bit him in the arm. The bite did not pierce the skin or draw blood, according to authorities.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will file assault charges against Robinson for biting the officer and will separate him from the other inmates, Sheriff Doug Cox said. Robinson also will lose privileges like purchasing items from the commissary, Cox said.

“We do not tolerate it,” Cox said. “We don’t hesitate to file charges.”

Inmates can be charged with additional crimes that are committed while in the jail, Cox said. In other cases, offenders have broken windows, toilets or drinking fountains and have been charged with destruction of property, he said.