6 inmates charged in California jail attack

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Updated: 6/19/2014 11:58 am

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Six inmates are facing charges in an attack on a Monterey County Jail deputy that left the deputy with serious injuries.

The Salinas Californian reports that two of the inmates — 20-year-old Edward Ramirez and 27-year-old Mark Raso — were charged on Wednesday. They are accused of battery on a peace officer and a gang enhancement.

Sheriff's officials say they were part of a group of inmates that jumped Deputy Nicholas Menezes last month, punching him in the head and body. The inmates were about to be escorted to the yard for their morning recreation.

Menezes suffered a concussion and other serious injuries. Another deputy suffered minor injuries.

Officials have not disclosed a motive for the attack, but don't suspect it was an escape attempt.

Ramirez and Raso were being held on attempted murder and other charges.

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