By Katina Caraganis


WORCESTER -- Four inmates of the Souza-Baranowski Correction Center in Shirley were arraigned Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court on a slew of charges related to the stabbing of a corrections officer at the prison in June.

Rarn Pak, 36, was arraigned on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

Jermaine Holley, 29, and Soksourdey Roeung, 27, were both arraigned on the same charges as Pak.

Stephen Woodard, 22, was arraigned on accessory after the fact.

Pak, Holley, and Roeung had bail set at $10,000 cash bail each, and Woodard's bail was set at $50,000 cash.

Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early's office, said that Woodard's bail was considerably higher because the sentence on his previous conviction is almost up, so unless he could come up with the large amount of bail money, he will be kept in custody.

The four are alleged to be involved in the stabbing of Officer Nathan Beauvais. According to court documents, Beauvais was stabbed in the neck while on rounds at the prison June 25.

Half a dozen other corrections officers who responded to the stabbing were also injured, and the facility was locked down.


Officer Beauvais' wife Nicole said the jailhouse shank missed her husband's spinal cord by a half-centimeter. She said doctors told her if the prisoner had been able to pull the shank out, the spinal cord and an artery would have been cut and he would have likely died.

She said she believed the attack was retaliatory because her husband had confiscated a homemade coffee maker from the inmate the day before.

Nathan Beauvais had been attacked a year ago but came away with only two black eyes and a broken nose.

All four inmates are due back in court Oct. 12.