ADC Press Releases
The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is pleased to report that a hostage incident that took place earlier today at ASPC-Lewis/Rast Unit has been safely resolved with no injuries. Around 8:15 a.m., maximum-custody inmate Timothy Monk, #068675, took a male library employee hostage using a prison-made blade-type weapon in an apparent demand to leave the complex. ADC Tactical Support Unit (TSU) personnel were immediately deployed on-site and contained the situation to a room within the law library. Personnel engaged the inmate in conversation while options to resolve the incident were formulated with, ideally, as little force as necessary. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., TSU personnel deployed a diversionary device into the library and used less-than-lethal force on the inmate, while our team successfully secured the safety of our employee. The inmate was immediately taken into custody. No injuries were sustained during the incident.
The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is pleased to announce that fugitive inmate Naomis A. Winfrey, 45, ADC #099755, was successfully apprehended without incident and returned to state custody. “ADC is grateful for the incredible partnership and effort by members of our Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force to quickly track down and apprehend inmate Winfrey and safely return him to state custody,” said ADC Director Charles L. Ryan. Task Force members, tracking Winfrey in a vehicle, conducted a traffic stop Wednesday evening shortly before 7:00 p.m. at the northbound Black Canyon Freeway access road and Highland Avenue in Phoenix. Task Force members converged on the vehicle and secured Winfrey. Winfrey is now in custody at ASPC-Phoenix and will likely face new criminal charges and additional time as a result of his actions.
Inmate Naomis A. Winfrey, ADC #099755, is at large and sought by authorities after he fled his Mesa home and cut off his electronic GPS monitoring device on Monday. His last known location was in the area of Price Road and Broadway in Tempe. Winfrey was paroled by the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency to home arrest, which began July 30. He was convicted in 1993 out of Pima County to 25 years to life for murder 1st degree, burglary 2nd degree and theft. He was admitted to ADC on August 16, 1993. ADC’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit, in coordination with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, is actively working to find Winfrey.
Inmate Cody R. Williams, 41, ADC #116387, died on August 20 from an apparent act of self-harm. ADC security personnel observed him alone and unresponsive in his cell. Responding staff immediately initiated first aid and took Williams to the medical facility, where he was pronounced deceased by Florence Fire in consultation with doctors.