Brockbridge inmates end 8-hour barricade

August 13, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

Fifty-three inmates barricaded themselves in the pre-release unit of the Brockbridge Correctional Institute for nearly eight hours before surrendering yesterday morning to corrections police tactical units, state correction officials said.

The stand-off was related to two stabbing incidents Wednesday night in the dormitory. Inmates demanded that an inmate suspected in the second stabbing, who was being held in a segregation cell pending an administrative hearing, be returned to the dormitory, said Cpl. J. Scott McCauley, a correction division spokesman.

In the first stabbing incident, Robert Ferebee, 31, who is serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery and weapons charges, was stabbed five times in the back and cut near his eye and nose about 8:30 p.m. Ferebee was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday afternoon. Correctional officials knew of no suspect in his stabbing.

At 10:30 p.m., correctional officers said they saw inmate Kevin Washington, 19, who is serving a one-year sentence on a weapons charge, stab inmate William Black, 40. Black, wounded twice in the neck, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released yesterday afternoon. Corrections officials believe the second stabbing was in retaliation for the first, Corporal McCauley said.

Inmates demanded that Washington be returned to the dormitory. When corrections officers refused, the inmates barricaded themselves inside the dormitory.

At 6 a.m. yesterday, a corrections division tactical team entered the dormitory without incident, dismantled the barricade and searched and removed each inmate. No inmates or prison employees were injured in the stand-off, Corporal McCauley said.

The prison was under lockdown most of yesterday, but visits were permitted in the evening. A Department of Correction unit will conduct an administrative and criminal investigation into the stabbings and the barricade.

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