7 men charged in disturbance at Las Cruces jail

Posted at: 10/29/2012 8:14 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Seven men were indicted on charges that they participated in a disturbance at the Dona Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces over electric clippers used to cut inmates' hair.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the seven men were indicted on assault, escape and other charges in the Sept. 23 disturbance.

No injuries were reported.

About a dozen inmates who were in one pod of the jail and were given the clippers to cut their hair had refused to give back the shears and became disruptive.

Inmates in nearby pod also became disruptive and used a broom handle and piece of metal to break windows. Another inmate started a fire in a trash can and lit a few mattresses on fire, but a sprinkler system extinguished the fire. 

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