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San Quentin Locked Down ; Death Row Guard Attacked


SAN QUENTIN -- A prison guard in the toughest section of San Quentin's Death Row was severely slashed Wednesday, forcing the lock down of the entire prison and the removal of inmates to cages in the exercise yard.


Inmate Richard Penunuri, 27, slashed the officer's lower left arm with a homemade razor-like weapon when the guard was removing the inmate's handcuffs in his cell around 10:45 a.m., said Terry Thornton, spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

"When the officer uncuffed one hand, the inmate spun around and slashed him," Thornton said. The inmate then flushed the weapon down the toilet, she said.


The officer, who has not been identified, was taken to a Marin County hospital where he received more than 30 stitches to seal a gash that went "nearly down to the bone," Thornton said.


The prison immediately went on lock down.


Inmates in the 'bad boy' section of Death Row's adjustment center were removed from their cells and taken to individual holding cages in the exercise yard by an emergency response team.


Those inmates were expected to remain out in the yard overnight and the prison was to be lit up all night long while guards search their cells for weapons.


The assault was a 'planned attack', prison officials said, in retaliation for actions taken over the weekend against members of the infamous Cole Street Gang. Members of the gang barricaded themselves in their Death Row cells and had to be forcefully removed.


Penunuri, who was condemned to death in 2001 in Los Angeles County for killing two people and ordering a hit on a witness at his trial, was housed in the prison's adjustment center for inmates with a history of disciplinary problems, Thornton said.


Wednesday's stabbing follows an inmate riot less than two weeks ago that broke out at a San Quentin dining hall, injuring two staff members and more than 20 inmates. Inmates were slashed and stabbed with homemade weapons, including toothbrushes that had been filed to points or with razors melted into the heads.

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