Two female inmates at West Valley Detention Center allegedly planned and staged a fight in order to attack a female deputy as she responded to help on Nov. 25, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
The deputy received minor injuries during the attack and was treated and released back to duty.
At about 11:52 a.m., the deputy was providing meals to inmates inside a housing unit. The deputy observed two inmates in one of the housing segments who appeared to be fighting. Inmate Yesenia Alejandre, 31, was apparently choking inmate Adeola Ade Ekisola, 33, the Sheriff's Department said.
In fear one of the inmates would be injured, the deputy immediately entered the cell to intervene. But once in the cell, the deputy was attacked by Ekisola, and the two fought until other deputies arrived to assist.
It was determined through investigation that the fight between the inmates had been staged to gain access to the deputy when she entered the cell for the sole purpose of attacking her, the Sheriff's Department said.
Upon completion of the investigation, the report will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of additional charges.
Ekisola has been in custody since November on a child abuse charge, and Alejandre has been in custody since July on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and warrants.
This was the second time in November that a female deputy had been attacked at West Valley Detention Center.
"It is because of incidents like this that our department appreciates the support of legislators such as Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez," the Sheriff's Department said in a news release. "Assemblyman Rodriguez introduced legislation specially to address the threat of these violent attacks. Additional measures are needed to help keep our staff safe and to hold suspects accountable."