Report: Vegas jail guards surprised by bat attack

AP News
Posted: Sep 13, 2013 4:32 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jail guard told police he was surprised by the brazenness of a man charged with walking into the Clark County Detention Center in downtown Las Vegas with an aluminum baseball bat and attacking corrections officers.

Michael Marcel Law, 25, was being held Friday pending a Monday court appearance on charges including attempted murder, battery with a weapon and burglary in the Wednesday morning incident in the jail lobby.

Corrections Officer Nicholas Eubanks told investigators that he commented to Officer Darren McCray that Law couldn't possibly be trying to enter the jail with the bat. Moments later, according to a police report, Law began swinging the bat with both hands.

McCray was hit in the head, neck and hand, and Law drew a knife while McCray, Eubanks and other jail guards wrestled him to the floor of the high-rise detention center, the report said.

McCray wasn't badly hurt. Police said he was treated at a hospital and released.

Law also was taken to the hospital and treated for an unrelated medical issue before being returned to the jail as a detainee.

Police said Law stuffed a plastic-wrapped photo of himself into his undershorts before the attack and later told investigators that he was upset about the way police handled a complaint Sept. 7 that he had been robbed.

Police Officer Jose Hernandez said Friday he had no immediate information about a police report that day involving Law.

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Police said the fracas in the jail lobby was captured on security cameras, but the recordings were evidence and wouldn't be made public until court proceedings.

Law told police he was living at a low-budget motel off Boulder Highway, several miles southeast of downtown Las Vegas.

He had several previous encounters with police, according to court records, including 2007 and 2008 petty larceny and battery cases that led to guilty pleas and sentences that he perform community service and receive mental health counseling. He was represented by public defenders in those cases.

It was not immediately clear Friday if Law had been appointed a lawyer in the jail guard attack case.