Four Deputies Seriously Injured During Blythe Jail Attack, Attempted Escape

Google Earth image of Blythe Jail, 260 N. Spring St., Blythe, Calif., December 2007.
Google Earth image of Blythe Jail, 260 N. Spring St., Blythe, Calif., December 2007.


BLYTHE – Four deputies were seriously injured early Sunday during an assault and attempted escape at the Blythe Jail in east Riverside County, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

The incident began about 2:20 a.m. Dec. 29, when deputies at Blythe Jail, 260 N. Spring Street, were conducting security checks of inmate cells, Sgt. Thomas Velarde of the sheriff’s Colorado River Station said in a statement.

“During this check, two deputies were assaulted by inmates housed at the facility,” Velarde said. “Two other deputies responded to aid the victims who were engaged in a physical fight with the attacking inmates. These two deputies were also assaulted.”

In total, four deputies were seriously injured and required medical treatment at a local hospital, Velarde said.

Security measures were in place and no inmates were able to escape, Velarde said.

Officers from the Blythe Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Colorado River Station responded and assisted jail personnel, Velarde said.

Four inmates are “facing criminal charges in the attack against the deputies ranging from attempted murder, attempted escape, conspiracy, and assaulting/injuring a peace officer while serving time in a correctional facility,” Velarde said.

The accused inmates were identified as:

– Fabian Florence Perez, 30, of Indio

– Joseph Roy Scott, 25, of Indio

– Louie Aguilar, 33, of Blythe

– David Gazcon Jr., 34, of Desert Hot Springs

Velarde pointed out that construction of the Blythe Jail was completed in 1964. An addition was completed in 2000. It currently has the capacity to hold 115 inmates.

Anyone with more info was urged to call Investigator Morelock at (760) 921-7900.