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Erie County jail inmate 'shanks' officer

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

The jail guard, Brittany Hess, wasn’t injured and neither was the inmate, Taylor Krueger.

Krueger, 22, of Sandusky, was charged with assault on a corrections officer, a fifth degree felony. She was initially booked into the jail Tuesday on drug charges.

Jail guards had her wear a suicide smock, a type of thick blanket that cannot be folded or twisted. It’s used to keep prisoners from strangling themselves. 

At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Krueger complained that the smock’s Velcro fastener was loose. When Hess walked into the cell to refasten it, Krueger turned and swiped the sharpened toothbrush at her.

“She tried to stab the corrections officer in the stomach,” Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

 When Hess blocked Krueger’s hand, Krueger followed up with a swat from her left hand. The blow struck Hess’ shoulder radio, causing no injuries.

Hess then tackled Krueger to the ground and held her there until other guards rushed in.

Krueger had been booked into the jail Feb. 21, following a traffic stop in Perkins where she claimed possession of a pipe with crack-cocaine residue, a hypodermic syringe and a prescription pill, according to Perkins police Lt. Vince Donald.

She posted bond and was released, but five days later a Perkins police officer found a bag of marijuana stuffed under the back seat of his cruiser. Krueger had been the last person in the back seat.

When police caught up to her March 2, she admitted the marijuana was hers.

She appeared March 5 in Sandusky Municipal Court, where a judge revoked her bond and sent her back to jail.  She remains in the jail without bond.

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