Inmate facing assault charge

Man accused of battery after cellblock fight

GREENFIELD – An inmate at the Hancock County Jail faces felony charges after he reportedly attacked a fellow detainee, according to court documents.

Curtis Shores, 36, 3847 Cedar Ridge Road, Apartment 2D, Indianapolis, is accused of battery and strangulation following a fight in his cellblock at the local jail, records show.

Shores — on the same day he was sentenced in two unrelated cases — pulled a fellow inmate off a bed, struck him in the face and strangled him until he nearly lost consciousness, according to court documents.

Shores now faces one Level 6 felony count of battery and one Level 6 felony count of strangulation. Each carries a maximum penalty of 2½ years in prison.

The victim told jail officers Shores came into his cell, where he’d been lying on his bunkbed, and said to him, “When your feet hit the floor, I’m jumping you,” according to court documents.

The victim said he didn’t move from his bed, but Shores grabbed hold of him and pulled him out of bed, he said, according to court documents.

Shores then started hitting him and pushed him to the ground, the victim told officers. The man hit his head on the concrete floor of the jail, chipped his tooth and cut his lip, court documents state.

Shores held the man down and put his hands around the man’s neck, choking him, the victim said, according to court documents.

The victim said he felt like he was going to pass out, court documents state.

A security camera footage posted in the common area inside the cellblock shows Shores going into another inmate’s cell, according to court documents; but cameras don’t record inside inmates’ cells, records show.

Shores was originally booked into the jail in June when he was accused of battery on a police officer. Shores pleaded guilty to that offense on the same day as the reported fight. He agreed to serve a sentence split between jail time and probation, records show.

The new case against Shores was filed the next day. He has since pleaded not guilty to the new accusations.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.