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    Inmate charged after allegedly hurting corrections officer during struggle

    2024-04-12

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    An inmate at the Steele County Detention Center is facing a felony charge after he allegedly injured a corrections officer during a struggle.

    Raymond Lucas Baker, 19, was charged late last month in Steele County District Court with fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee, a felony. The charge stems from an incident that occurred on March 4.

    According to the criminal complaint, the corrections officer (CO) was checking on Baker who “hand been acting up in his cell.” The CO stated Baker had allegedly been tying his shirt around his neck.

    Procedures at the SCDC when an inmate is making suicidal actions is to remove them from normal clothing and put them in a gown.

    Court records show three COs entered Baker’s cell to bring him to the changing area when Baker reportedly started resisting and fighting them. He allegedly scratched one CO on the face with his fingernails.

    Law enforcement noted a scrape on the bridge of the CO’s nose and under his left eye when they responded to the scene.

    Baker is currently in the county jail after he was charged in February with criminal sexual conduct with a minor . According to court documents, the victim in this case was under the age of 10 and the alleged assault took place from May to October of last year.

    Baker was later charged with felony theft in March in connection to a February incident at Cabela’s.

    A competency evaluation was ordered by the court on April 4.

    His next court appearance is scheduled for May 30.

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