Warren Jail Staff Assaulted By Inmate

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren County Jail inmate faces numerous felonies after assaulting jail staff earlier this month.

Confesor C. Santiago, 33, was charged by City of Warren police on Nov. 5 stemming from the assault, which allegedly occurred on Friday, Nov. 4, at 9:20 p.m.

Santiago has been charged with three first-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, two felony counts of assault by prisoner and five counts of misdemeanor simple assault.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, city police officers were dispatched to the jail to assist the city’s ambulance with assault victims.

That’s when police learned that Santiago assaulted three corrections officers and attempted to punch a fourth. Police observed redness, bruising and swelling around the right eye of one officer and a large cut on the left side of another officer’s head.

“Video footage shows (an officer) removing a handcuff from the left hand of (Santiago),” police said in the affidavit. “Following the removal of the handcuff, (Santiago) broke free from (the officer) with the handcuff still open and the handcuff on his right hand still secured.”

He then attempted to punch a fourth officer before he was restrained by guards and placed in a restraint chair.

The three injured corrections officers were transported to Warren General Hospital for treatment. The officer with the cut required eight sutures.