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Yuma man, fearing cartel hit, attacks detention officer in order to remain jailed
A Yuma man incarcerated at the Pinal County Jail remains in custody after assaulting a detention officer last week, shortly before he was to be released.
According to Tim Gaffney, public information officer for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Alexandro Guerrero, had been ordered released from custody after serving time for an outstanding failure to comply warrant out of Yuma, and was awaiting his release in the jail's booking area.
Not wanting to be released, however, Gaffney said in an attempt to stay incarcerated, Guerrero punched a detention officer in the face and continued to attacked him when he fell to the ground.
“(Guerrero) was in the booking area about to be released, and without any provocation he punched a detention officer and continued to attack him while on the ground,” Gaffney said.
Help arrived moments later and the detention officer, and others who came to the scene, were able to get Guerrero under control.
Gaffney said Guerrero told them he wanted to remain incarcerated because he feared the “Los Zetas” drug cartel, which he had been working for, would kill him once he was released.
“He said that he had started off selling drugs in Yuma, but thought it would be more profitable to work for a drug cartel,” Gaffney said. “He also said there was a hit put out on him because the drug cartel thought he was a snitch and was providing law enforcement with information.”
Guerrero was rebooked on three counts of aggravated assault on a detention officer, according to Gaffney.
Gaffney says the detention officer has a broken nose and cuts to his face.
James Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6854.