Man held in kidnapping case charged with assaulting jail guard

2013-12-10T14:51:00Z 2013-12-11T07:27:34Z Man held in kidnapping case charged with assaulting jail guardArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 10, 2013 2:51 pm  • 

The Tucson man police say held his three stepdaughters captive is facing a new charge of assaulting a corrections officer, officials said.

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. Guards handcuffed him, and no guards were injured.

Richter was rearrested and now faces an added charges of aggravated assault on a correctional officer, a felony.

Richter and his wife, Sophia Richter, 32, were booked into the Pima County jail on Nov. 26.

Both were charged with kidnapping, emotional child abuse and physical child abuse in connection with keeping Sophia Richter’s three daughters captive in filthy conditions in their midtown home.

On Tuesday, Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall announced a grand jury had indicted the couple.

Fernando Richter was indicted on nine charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a dangerous weapons, child abuse and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

Sophia Richter is charged with six counts of kidnapping and child abuse.

Their next court date is Friday.

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