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Cook County Jail guard attacked by inmate

Cook County Jail. | Sun-Times file photo

A Cook County Jail guard was attacked Friday night by an inmate and punched several times.

The guard was trying to secure an inmate in a cell in maximum security around 9 p.m. and was punched repeatedly in the face and head when he tried to close the cell door, according to Cara Smith, spokeswoman for the Cook County sheriff’s office.

She said he was treated at a hospital, and charges will be filed against the inmate, who was in custody for a gun offense.

The attack came a day after two inmates, Martin Alvarado and Cordarryl Stevenson, took over a housing tier at the jail and held another inmate hostage around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Smith.

The 18-man tier was put on lockdown until correctional officers regained control around 7:30 p.m., Smith said. The detainee who was taken hostage suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital. No officers were hurt.