Charges: Inmate assaults corrections officer at St. Cloud jail

The assault left an "observable injury" to the officer's eye.
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A corrections officer was injured when an inmate assaulted her earlier this week. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Stearns County, 22-year-old Cornell Thomas Crider was being transferred back to his jail cell at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center on Monday when he attacked. 

The complaint says Crider was returning from a court appearance, and when officers removed his restraints he swung his elbow into the face of a corrections officer, causing an "observable injury" to her left eye with broken blood vessels that required medical attention. 

Crider was contained and later admitted that he elbowed the officer because "he felt he was being handled aggressively," the complaint says. 

He's been charged in Stearns County with fourth-degree assault, a felony. 

Crider was jailed previously on multiple felony charges, including burglary of a convenience store in which police tracked him down through DNA from a bag of potato chips he left at the scene, according to a separate criminal complaint. 

He's also accused of felony assault in which he allegedly smashed a bottle of wine over a St. Cloud liquor store employee's head. 

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Officers attacked by inmates in Minnesota

The assault of the officer in St. Cloud came less than a week after an inmate at Stillwater prison killed Joseph Gomm, a prison guard whose funeral is being held today (Thursday). 

The attack on Gomm is one of several that have been reported at prisons in Stillwater and nearby Oak Park Heights in recent months. Just last month, Oak Park Heights prison was put on lockdown after an inmate seriously injured a corrections guard.

And in late March, 11 officers were injured in three separate attacks at Stillwater and Oak Park Heights.

A lieutenant sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the attack at Stillwater prison, while 10 Oak Park Heights officers were injured in two separate brawls on Mar. 23 and 25.

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It follows another attack in St. Cloud a few weeks ago.

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This follows a rash of similar incidents at Minnesota prisons throughout 2018.

Corrections officer dies from medical episode shortly after inmate assault

His cause of death is unknown and the prison is on lockdown.

Inmate attacks officer, Stillwater prison on lockdown

The sergeant was attacked and suffered serious injuries.

Another five MN corrections officers injured in prison attacks

They were hurt in two incidents at Oak Park Heights Prison.

Stillwater inmate charged with murder of Joseph Gomm

Edward Muhammad Johnson is accused of inflicting fatal injuries on Gomm last month.