Man charged with holding Tucson girls captive assaults jail guard, deputy says

2013-12-10T08:38:00Z 2013-12-10T11:13:21Z Man charged with holding Tucson girls captive assaults jail guard, deputy saysKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Tucson man police say held his three stepdaughters captive is facing a new charge after assaulting a corrections officer.

Fernando Richter, 34, assaulted the jail guard just before 12:30 p.m. Monday after he was ordered to stop covering the windows of his cell with wet paper, Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

“Jail staff directed him to remove the papers and opened the cell door when he refused to comply. Inmate Richter grabbed a corrections officer’s uniform shirt and attempted to push his way out of the cell,” Suitt said. “The corrections officers immediately took control of Inmate Richter and placed him in handcuffs. No corrections officers were injured.”

Richter was re-arrested and this time faces charges of aggravated assault on a correctional officer, a Class 5 felony.

Richter and his wife, Sophia Richter, 32, were booked into the Pima County jail Nov. 26. Both were charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of emotional child abuse and three counts of physical child abuse in connection with keeping Sophia Richter’s three daughters captive in filthy conditions their midtown home.

Fernando Richter also faces one count of sexual abuse with a person under 15 years old.

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