Richwood inmate accused of jailhouse shanking

Ellis Vernado - Source: OPSO
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RICHWOOD, La. (KNOE) - A man being held at the Richwood Correctional Center is accused of a violent attack.

According to arrest records, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office was called to RCC on the evening of March 11 to investigate a reported stabbing. There, a deputy was shown video in which a white male hit the victim in the head and upper body several times with a shiny object.

The alleged attacker was identified as 23-year-old Ellis Vernado, and the shiny object was later identified to be a shank, a "homemade" knife. Authorities say the shank was found on Vernado by Richwood employees.

The arrest report indicates that the victim, who was not identified, had injuries to his head and shoulders and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

This incident marks the second time in a month that Vernado was arrested and charged with attacking another person at the prison. On February 25, 2019, records indicate that Vernado allegedly attacked a man holding a broomstick by punching him in the face and then took the broomstick and hit the victim in the face with it. This incident was also caught on video. It's unclear if the victim was the same in both attacks.

Vernado faces charges of aggravated second-degree battery and aggravated battery for the two attacks. He was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.