LANCASTER – A contract psychologist suffered injuries to her head, a broken nose, and hemorrhaging behind her left eye after she was attacked by an inmate this morning (June 18) at the California State Prison in Lancaster, authorities said.
At approximately 8:30 a.m., the psychologist was conducting rounds in one of the institution’s housing facilities when 37-year-old inmate Jacob Marquez repeatedly punched the psychologist in her face, according to Lt. Jackie Galapon.
One responding officer sustained an injury to her leg and hand during the incident, and another responding officer sustained cuts and bruises to his right hand, Galapon stated.
Marquez was eventually subdued and then transported to the Administrative Segregation Unit. The psychologist was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The matter will be referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, according to Galapon.
Marquez was committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on September 3, 2004 to serve a 20-year sentence for second-degree robbery.