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Inmate assaults officer, tries to steal keys

Stephen Ray Wilkinson

Stephen Ray Wilkinson

KINGMAN – Authorities say a Mohave County correctional officer was assaulted outside Mohave County Superior Court and an inmate attempted to take the officer’s keys.

Steven Ray Wilkinson, 39 of Bullhead City, has been charged with aggravated assault on a correctional employee and escape in the first degree, both felonies.

Wilkinson was being escorted to the jail transport van after an appearance in court when he allegedly lunged at the officer in an attempt to take the officer’s keys.

The officer positioned his body away from the inmate to secure his keys when Wilkinson lunged again and shoved the officer against the vehicle.

A struggle ensued and the officer continued to attempt getting Wilkinson on the ground while he resisted. The officer deployed his Oleoresin Capsicum spray and continued to struggling with the inmate.

A second inmate assisted the officer in keeping Wilkinson on the ground until courthouse security staff arrived to help gain control of the inmate.

Wilkinson was restrained and the correctional officer was not injured during the scuffle.

Wilkinson was transported back to the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility without further incident.

Information provided by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

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