Video: Inmates help Fla. deputy after prisoner chokes him with towel

Deputy D. Hernandez detained Kiondre Zachary with the help of other inmates in the pod


By Police1 Staff

TAMPA, Fla. — Inmates at Falkenburg Road Jail came to a deputy’s aid after an inmate attempted to choke him with a towel. 

Officials said Kiondre Zachary, 22, attacked Deputy D. Hernandez, 31, from behind in a pod that was holding 72 other inmates, WTSP reported.

Video shows Zachary wrapping a towel around Hernandez's neck and pulling him around the room. Zachary attempts to punch Hernandez, but inmates intervened and helped the deputy detain Zachary.

Officials told the news station Hernandez, who has been with the department for 10 months, suffered a twisted ankle, bruised knee and neck abrasions.

"Due to the overall professionalism and respect that detention deputies display towards the inmates on a daily basis, the inmates came to the deputy's aid preventing the deputy from being seriously injured," officials said in a statement to Fox 13. 

Zachary, originally held on a burglary charge, faces additional charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. He was transferred to an isolation cell.

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