ADC News Release: Hostage Incident at ASPC-Lewis Safely Resolved

December 26, 2018

For Immediate Release

BUCKEYE (Wednesday, December 26, 2018) – 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.

“Protecting the safety and welfare of our employees is paramount,” said ADC Director Charles L. Ryan. “We are grateful this was resolved safely and quickly. Our team acted with great professionalism to bring about the best possible outcome, ensuring that our employee was unharmed.”

Inmate Monk is currently serving 97 years in prison. He came to ADC in 1988 when he was sentenced out of Maricopa County for armed robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping. He was later convicted out of Pima County in 2006 for aggravated assault, kidnapping, promoting prison contraband and sexual assault while incarcerated at the Tucson prison complex.

Monk will face new charges for his reprehensible criminal actions today.

Here is a link to the inmate’s record posted on the ADC website:


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