Inmate is charged in detention center stabbing

February 15, 1997


Staff Writer

A pen and possibly a sharpened toothbrush were identified as the weapons in this week's alleged assault of one inmate by another at the Washington County Detention Center.

Michael D. Pinkney, 23, has been charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to Investigator Pete Lazich of the Washington County Detention Center.

Washington County District Court Judge Ralph France kept bond at $50,000 on Friday.

On Wednesday, Omar Eipps, 18, was stabbed in the face and lower left leg with the pen, officials said. He was treated at the jail for his wounds, Lazich said.


The sharpened toothbrush also was found in the cell the two men shared.

Lazich said the 8:35 a.m. incident occurred in Cell A-18, shared by Eipps and Pinkney. Both are awaiting trial on drug possession and distribution charges.

Eipps told Lazich he was on his bunk when Pinkney kicked him in the shoulder and began to stab him in the face with a pen.

The two men then began struggling on the floor and Eipps said he was stabbed in the lower leg, possibly with the sharpened toothbrush, Lazich said.

Both a pen and a toothbrush were recovered by the deputies.

Police said that Pinkney explained the stabbing this way - Eipps is a "D.C. boy" while he is from New York. Lazich said Pinkney denied using the toothbrush.

Lazich said he also asked Pinkney why he had Eipps' boots on, and Pinkney told him it was in case he had to use the hard sole to stomp Eipps.

Pinkney has since been moved to another cell, Lazich said.

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