Sixteen inmates at Shirley prison indicted for Jan. 10 attacks

The attacks left four correctional officers injured

011020 Surveillance video from the Prison Guard assault at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA. Image courtesy Massachusetts Department of Correction
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WORCESTER — A Worcester County grand jury handed up 109 indictments Thursday charging 16 inmates of the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in a Jan. 10 attack that left four correction officers injured, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

All 16 inmates are being charged on a joint venture theory with two counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and four counts assault and battery on a correction officer.

Those facing only those charges are: Tabari Muhammed, 28; Frank Webb, 28; Marcus Muniz, 25; Steven Gonzalez, 39; Israel Perez, 25; and Lennon Dossantos, 25.

Inmates facing additional charges are: Jovani Molinari, 23, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); Giovanni Buchanan, 25, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); Carlos Bastos, 29, aggravated kidnapping; Elosko Brown, 33, aggravated kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); Yamil Narvaez Arroyo, 24, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); Alexander Soto, 26, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (wooden cane); Jason Velez Acosta, 29, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); John Mentor, 33, aggravated kidnapping; Joshua Reyes, 28, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot); and Pedro Solis, 30, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

All four correction officers were hospitalized as a result of the attack, and only one has returned to work.

The inmates will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on future dates.

Assistant District Attorney Tiffany A. Scanlon is prosecuting the case, which is being investigated by the State Police and Department of Correction.