LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – Eight convicts face charges in connection with a prison riot in December, which the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) initially described as a disturbance.
Five months later, it was revealed that a riot had occurred. Investigators discovered that inmates unlocked their own cells from the inside, refused orders, covered surveillance cameras, flooded the area, and took control of an entire prison unit.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas Justice Court on Nov. 10, inmates Jared Ayers, Jarvis Blake, Alexius Davis, Zackaria Luz, Dayveontay McClain, Dominic Porter, Nicholas Smith, and Michael Wesley each face a misdemeanor charge of rioting.
The incident happened on December 8, 2021, at the medium-security Southern Desert Correctional Center.
Jared Ayers, 26, was serving time for felon in possession of a handgun and looks to be out of detention, according to NDOC data. According to the criminal complaint, he “covered the lens of a SDCC surveillance camera recording activity in unit 5, and failed to follow direct order(s) from SDCC staff to return to his cell in Unit 5.”
According to NDOC data, Jarvis Blake was no longer detained as of Monday. According to the criminal complaint, he “repeatedly shook a security gate in order to gain access to a secure area… and failed to follow direct order(s) from SDCC staff to return to his cell in Unit 5.”
According to NDOC records, Alexius Davis, 28, was serving time for robbery and seemed to be out of detention as of Monday. He “attempted to hide the lens of an SDCC surveillance camera recording activities in unit 5, and failed to heed direct order(s) from SDCC officials to return to his cell in unit 5,” according to the criminal complaint.
Zackaria Luz, 42, was serving time for narcotics crimes and is no longer in detention. According to the criminal complaint, he “emptied a unit trashcan and filled it with water with the intent of utilizing the water to oppose the actions of correctional staff in the unit and exacerbate the disturbance, and failed to heed direct order(s) by SDCC personnel to return to his cell in Unit 5.”
Dayveontay McClain, 21, is incarcerated for robbery. According to the criminal complaint, he threw a padlock and/or a biscuit at numerous cops and hit one of them. McClain is also accused of hurling a broom toward several cops while it was on fire. McClain is charged with felony assault on an officer by a prisoner and third-degree arson.
Dominic Porter, 31, is incarcerated for attempted murder. He “covered the lens of an SDCC surveillance camera recording activity in Unit 5, repeatedly pulled and pushed on a security gate in order to try to gain access to a secure area (a unit control center and an area where staff were staging to respond to the disorder in Unit 5 at SDCC), and failed to follow direct order(s) from SDCC staff to return to his cell in Unit 5,” according to the criminal complaint.
Michael Wesley, 30, was serving time for robbery and was no longer in jail as of Monday. According to the criminal complaint, he “broke out of his jail cell and allowed other convicts out of their cells by manipulating or ‘jimmying’ other cell locks, and failed to obey direct orders by SDCC officials to return to his cell in Unit 5.”
Ayers, Davis, and Porter are charged with tampering with an electronic device in connection with the tampering of at least one security camera.
The jail warden resigned two months after Investigators reported the riot.
Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, a convicted killer, escaped from Southern Desert Correctional Center in September. He was later apprehended by authorities from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Soon after the breakout, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak stated that NDOC Director Charles Daniels was resigning at his request. Daniels later held a news conference, saying that Sisolak and his government had treated him unfairly.
When asked about the disturbance in a sit-down interview, Daniels insisted that no riot occurred.
Four prison officers are also facing riot-related charges.
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