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Baltimore man pinned Annapolis detention center employee with metal bar, prosecutors say

Phil Davis
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A Baltimore man pinned a female corrections employee against the wall with a metal shower bar and assaulted two other employees at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis, according to officials and a newly released indictment.

Michael Lee Arnold, 34, wielded the metal bar that had an exposed screw during the July 26 attack, prosecutors wrote in an Oct. 5 indictment. He was being held without bond at the facility while awaiting trial for armed robbery.

Terry Kokolis, superintendent for Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities, said Arnold ripped a metal bar fitted into the jail’s showers for handicapped inmates and used it to assault Jacquelyn Miller, an employee of the center.

Kokolis said Arnold, who had no prior incidents since he was first committed to the jail on July 22, took the bar and held it around Miller’s neck while he pinned her against the wall.

Two other corrections employees — John Davis and Adam Feierbend — intervened and were able to subdue Arnold, Kokolis said.

Arnold faces a charge of imprisoning a correctional employee related to the July 26 incident, which Kokolis said was most likely linked to his holding her against the wall against her will. He was also charged with three counts of second-degree assault.

Kokolis said none of the employees had to be taken to a hospital to be treated, but Davis was slightly injured when he was struck in the face by the shower bar, which had the exposed screw.

The indictment charges him with separate weapons offenses for wielding both the bar and the screw, which Kokolis said came with the bar when it was pried from the wall.

The superintendent added it wasn’t clear how Arnold ripped the shower bar out of the wall.

“It was a frightful incident,” Kokolis said. “It’s not one that we see often or frequently.”

He added, “It probably could’ve been a lot more dangerous than it was,” saying Davis was nearby when Arnold allegedly attacked Miller and intervened immediately.

Kokolis said Arnold has been placed in a holding area with increased security and is now unable to go anywhere inside the jail without supervision.

An attorney representing Arnold in his armed robbery case declined to comment on the new charges.

Arnold was originally arrested on July 22. Police said an Anne Arundel County officer walked into a WaWa in Millersville and found Arnold and another man attempting to rob the business.

In addition to that alleged armed robbery, Arnold was charged with another armed robbery at the C Mart in Pasadena two days earlier.

The Jennifer Road jail drew attention last year after three inmates killed themselves while being held at the Annapolis facility, the highest number of suicides since 2008.

A suspected fatal overdose at the Ordinance Road Correctional Center, another county jail in Glen Burnie where inmates serving weekend sentences are placed, spurred officials to review policies regarding strip searches.

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