Two El Paso Dentention Officers charged with Official Oppression
POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014 - 3:44pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 7:56am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — Two El Paso County Detention Officers have been arrested and charged with Official Oppression, after they allegedly beat an inmate at the El Paso County Jail Annex, located at 12501 Montana Ave., on March 24, 2014, according to El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles.
The Officers were identified as Fernando Robles, 46, who is a twelve year veteran and Rolando Castro, 28, a five year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
According to arrest affidavits obtained Friday afternoon, the two Detention Officers were caught nodding off on the job by inmates in cell block 1005 and 1030. The pair were allegedly woken up by inmates who banged on a window to scare them.
The arrest affidavit then alleges that Robles and Castro pulled an inmate, identified as 19-year-old Alejandro Rubio, out of his cell block because he was laughing at the two. That's when Rubio was allegedly put into the Attorney's booth and told to wait for his attorney to arrive.
After ten minutes of waiting, Rubio said no one came to see him and when he asked Robles and Castro about why he was put into the attorney's booth, he was allegedly assaulted by the pair.
Rubio alleges that Robles held him against the wall while Castro punched him in the leg and back two separate times before finally being returned to his cell.
Another Detention Officer found Rubio in his cell complaining of pain and cited visible injuries on Rubio's arms and back. A separate interview with inmates from the cell block was completed, and the inmates reported seeing Rubio being taken out of the block and then returning with visible injuries on his back, ribs, elbows and neck.
Official Oppression is considered a Class A misdemeanor. Robles remains in custody on a $500 bond, and Castro is also being held on a $500 bond.