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Inmate fails to appear in court

June 14, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

An inmate accused of assaulting a correctional officer with a homemade weapon was scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on Tuesday, but he did not, according to court documents.

Malcolm Kareem Torbit, 25, whose address is listed as Roxbury Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, was charged in May with first-degree and second-degree assault on a correctional officer, concealing a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment, documents state.

Correctional officers at Roxbury Correctional Institution allegedly saw Torbit and another inmate fighting May 6 and noticed that Torbit had a metallic weapon in his right hand, documents state. When ordered to stop fighting, Torbit allegedly did not stop and turned toward the officer with the weapon.

The weapon was a piece of metal about 7 inches long. It was sharpened to a point, and the opposite end was wrapped in cloth to form a handle, documents state.

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The correctional officer sprayed pepper spray at Torbit's face, and Torbit continued to come toward the officer. Documents state that another officer saw Torbit and sprayed him with pepper spray again. Torbit was ordered to lie on the ground, and he let go of the weapon, documents state.

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