For Immediate Release
TUCSON (Thursday, July 25, 2019) – Criminal Investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) today arrested two now formerly-employed correctional officers, suspected of having a complicit role in helping to facilitate and cover up an inmate-on-inmate assault on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 while on duty. Javier Chavez and Alfredo Reyes were arrested as they arrived to work at the close-custody ASPC-Tucson/Cimarron Unit. Both resigned following their arrest.
On Wednesday, ADC Special Security Unit (SSU) and Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) personnel immediately initiated an investigation of the serious assault. Through their initial investigation, it was discovered that the former officers may have had some involvement. Video surveillance and other evidence collected by the investigators led to the swift arrest of Chavez and Reyes.
The Incident Command System (ICS) was not activated by the officers for more than an hour after the assault is suspected to have occurred, and only after they supervised and possibly assisted in the efforts by inmates to clean up the scene. Once the ICS was activated, additional security and medical personnel responded, assisting and rendering aid to the inmate victim. The inmate was taken to a local hospital and remains in critical condition as a result of the injuries he sustained from the assault.
SSU and CIU personnel have also identified several inmates as prime suspects involved in the physical assault of the inmate victim and effort to remove evidence.
“The alleged actions of these two individuals are nothing short of criminal and a disgrace to the correctional profession,” said ADC Director Charles L. Ryan. “ADC supports criminal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law in this matter.”
ADC investigators booked Chavez and Reyes into the Pima County Jail on multiple felony charges, including: Conspiracy to Commit Dangerous/Deadly Assault by Prisoner (Class 2 Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping (Class 2 Felony), Endangerment (Class 6 Felony), and Conspiracy to Tamper with Physical Evidence (Class 6 Felony).
The Department’s investigation is ongoing and it is possible that additional charges may still be filed in this case.