Routt County Jail inmate accused of assaulting 3 jailers
Steamboat Springs — Jailers at the Routt County Jail say they were assaulted Sunday night by a combative inmate they were trying to restrain in a partially-flooded holding cell.
The incident started just after 6 p.m. when Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies said inmate Threasa Lynn McIntosh, 45, tore pages out of a book she was reading and flushed them down the toilet, causing it to plug and overflow and flood the holding cell.
Deputies Blaine Watson, John Kregar and Joe Boyle entered the cell and told the inmate, who was being held on a warrant from outside of Routt County, to turn around and get against the wall.
The inmate then tried to punch Boyle in the face, but he deflected the punch, according to McIntosh’s arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.
“McIntosh began to punch, kick and attempted to bite the deputies as they attempted to place her into handcuffs and restrain her,” the affidavit states. “McIntosh was taken to the floor, and continued to fight with deputies until they were able to restrain her.”
While they were trying to secure her feet in a restraining chair, the deputies said McIntosh kicked one of them in the stomach and another in the left thigh.
The deputies said the combative inmate was eventually secured in another holding cell.
She later was able to free her hand from a soft restraint on the chair and punched Kregar in the chest area, according to the affidavit.
“At about 7:11 p.m., McIntosh was yelling and screaming to ‘kill cops,'” the affidavit states.
Deputy Ed Hendricks said he found scratches and abrasions on Boyle’s wrist and abrasions on Watson’s and Kregar’s elbows after the incident.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department was called to help secure the inmate.
McIntosh was rearrested on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer, a Class 4 felony, and criminal mischief.
McIntosh made her first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Her bond was set at $10,000.
Asked if she could afford to post bond, McIntosh told a judge “hell no.”
“I can’t afford that ransom,” she said.
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