A Baltimore City Detention Center inmate awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting the daughters of a correctional officer was stabbed and critically wounded by a fellow inmate last night, state prison officials reported.
David Mickey Pierce, 36, of the 1400 block of N. Decker Ave., was in critical condition early today at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a single stab wound to the upper right back, according to Leonard Sipes, a state prisons spokesman.
Another inmate, whom officials declined to identify, was moved to the Detention Center's segregation unit as a suspect in the attack, which remained under investigation.
Correctional officers imposed a lockdown for prisoners from two housing sections of the jail who were moving back to their cells after dinner when the attack occurred in a stairwell about 7:50 p.m., Mr. Sipes said.
Pierce, who had recently been paroled after a prior rape conviction,was arrested June 11 after he allegedly attacked two young girls, kicking in the door of their Edison Highway home, raping an 11-year-old and stabbing her several times.
The younger girl, 7, was forced to perform a sex act before she escaped from the home and flagged down a motorist who alerted police. Pierce, who had once been charged with molesting a 5-year-old, was arrested a short time later at his home.
Police said Pierce and the mother of the two girls have known each other since childhood. The mother works as a correctional officer at the Baltimore Pre-Release Center, located in the same East Baltimore prison complex as the jail in which Pierce is housed. But prison officials said there is no indication that last night's stabbing was anything but a fight between inmates.
Pierce was leaving the dining hall last night with about 60 other inmates, going back to the dorm area by way of the north building stairway. At the second-floor landing, he was attacked by an inmate, who plunged a homemade ice pick-shaped shank into Pierce's back.