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November 14, 2013

2 inmates face trial in assaults at center

PORTAGE — Two inmates at the Cresson Secure Treatment Unit will appear in Cambria County court on charges that they assaulted workers at the facility in separate incidents that occurred days apart.

Lemuel Harold and Davon Lee Holmes, both 18, each waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

State police in Ebensburg said youth corrections workers at the facility, located at 251 Corrections Road in Cresson, gave Holmes a broom on Nov. 3 and ordered him to clean his room.

Instead, troopers said, Holmes began swinging the broom handle like a baseball bat. Holmes allegedly spit at workers, punched three in the head and bit two workers, causing their skin to bleed.

Troopers said Holmes fought with workers for an hour.

He was charged with six counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault by a prisoner, three counts of aggravated harassment by a prisoner, four counts of simple assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of harassment.

Harold assaulted two facility managers three days later, troopers said.

Harold attempted to re-enter a classroom at the facility after he was told to leave.

He refused to return to his unit and allegedly fought with two managers, striking them in the head and face. He then spit at one of the managers, troopers said.

Harold was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment. He also was charged with one count of aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

Both men now are lodged at the Cambria County Prison.

Holmes is being held on $50,000 percentage bond and Harold on $25,000 percentage bond.

Both are being represented by the Cambria County Public Defender’s Office.

The Cresson facility treats adjudicated male adolescents who have mental health issues, according to its Internet site.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on

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