For the second time this month, Erie County Holding Center inmate Ivan Melendez caused damage to his cell. And this time, he injured a deputy trying to subdue him, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy witnessed inmate Ivan Melendez smearing human excrement in his cell and tearing out the cell light and electrical wires. Deputies were trying to relocate Melendez to a different cell when the inmate suddenly turned violent and attacked them, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said. The Holding Center’s response team arrived to subdue and secure Melendez’s legs and arms.
One deputy was cut on his arm during the incident. The nursing staff evaluated him, and he was later sent to Erie County Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
Melendez was transferred to an isolation cell and remains under 24-hour watch. Earlier this month, Melendez caused $2,000 worth of damage to another cell when he destroyed its bunk and other parts.
Additional charges are pending against Melendez.