RCI inmate stabbed 13 times wasn't seriously injured

July 10, 2009

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A Roxbury Correctional Institution inmate who was stabbed 13 times in the back at the prison on Thursday wasn't seriously injured, a state prison spokesman wrote in an e-mail on Friday.

Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said the inmate -- 32-year-old Damien Myrick -- has returned to the prison after being examined at Washington County Hospital.

The weapon used to stab Myrick hasn't been found and no one has been charged, Vernarelli said.

"Several inmates have been questioned, but no one has been named as a suspect at this time," he wrote in an e-mail late Friday morning.

Myrick was found shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, bleeding from stab wounds, but conscious and alert, according to Vernarelli.

Vernarelli said Myrick was sitting in a chair.

At around the same time, a lieutenant saw a man running from an RCI recreation hall, Vernarelli reported on Thursday in an e-mail.


The department's Internal Investigative Unit detectives are continuing to try to figure out what happened, Vernarelli wrote on Friday.

According to Vernarelli, Myrick is serving a 14-year sentence on possession of drugs and other charges and has been in the prison system since 2002.

RCI is a medium-security prison south of Hagerstown.

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