On Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Humboldt County Correctional Deputy was assaulted by an inmate, Kristopher Frank Jett, age 29. The inmate was housed in a maximum security unit due to assaultive behavior and threats made against Correctional Deputies. Two Correctional Deputies were present to let inmate Jett out of his cell for his daily shower. Inmate Jett casually walked out of his cell and as he passed one of the Correctional Deputies he turned toward the Correctional Deputy and punched the Correctional Deputy in the face with a closed fist. Inmate Jett continued to punch the Correctional Deputy several more times. The Correctional Deputy attempted to block the punches and successfully backed away far enough to deploy their department issued Taser. Inmate Jett was unaffected when hit by the Taser probes and retreated into his cell. As this was occurring, the second Correctional Deputy radioed for backup and withdrew their department issued Taser. Inmate Jett was secured in his cell by Correctional Deputies. Inmate Jett is being charged with PC243.1- Battery on a Custodial Officer; and PC241.1 – Assault on a Custodial Officer. Jett has been in custody since October 13, 2015 for warrant for PC245(a)(1)- Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The Correctional Deputy victim declined medical attention.
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 at approximately 6:05 a.m. a Correctional Deputy was conducting a routine check on inmates in cells when inmate William Glen Abram, age 57, charged his door and pushed his way out. The Correctional Deputy attempted to contain inmate Abram, and a struggle ensued. Inmate Abram punched the Correctional Deputy in the face four times with a closed fist. Inmate Abram prevented the Correctional Deputy from radioing for more assistance. An additional Correctional Deputy began to assist and was able to radio for more assistance. Both Correctional Deputies deployed their department issued Tasers and the Taser probes contacted inmate Abram with minimal affect. Additional Correctional Deputies arrived and they were able to contain Abrams. The injured Correctional Deputy was treated at a local hospital for his injuries. Inmate Abrams is being charged with PC 243.1 – Battery on a Custodial Officer. Inmate Abram was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility just hours earlier on charges of PC245(a)(1)-Assault with a Deadly Weapon and PC243(e)(1)- Battery against a Spouse or Cohabitant.
It is undetermined if these incidents are related at this time.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Mike Downey, Sheriff