Assaults at jail, prison probed


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Friday, January 11, 2019

Authorities are investigating reports of inmates being assaulted this week at both Pasquotank Correctional Institute and Albemarle District Jail.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday, an inmate at PCI was assaulted by another inmate during breakfast, according to information provided by Jerry Higgins, a spokesman for the adult correction section of the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

“The inmate was stabbed with a homemade weapon and was taken to a local hospital for assessment and treatment of non-life-threatening injuries,” Higgins said. “The inmate was treated and released back to the facility that afternoon. The incident is under internal investigation.”

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said Thursday that he could not provide any additional information on the incident at PCI.

In a separate matter, the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an assault Wednesday at Albemarle District Jail.

Nicholas James Rizzuto, 29, a prisoner at the jail, reported that he was assaulted shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The report by the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office indicates two inmates got into a fight. The matter remains under investigation, according to the report.