Inmates Accused Of Assaulting Nurses at Iowa Medical And Classification Center

Correctional officer Tom Bradfield monitors inmates in the mental health unit at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Coralville. Oakdale has a high amount of critical incident reports than other Iowa prisons, which officials say is due to its use as an intake center for new inmates and mental health unit. Critical incident reports are made on any event that is out of the ordinary, mostly dealing with any incidents that put staff or inmates at risk.


By Richard Pratt

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Two Iowa Medical and Classification Center inmates are accused of assaulting nurses on the same day in October in what appear to be separate incidents.

According to Coralville police criminal complaints, both assaults occurred on Oct. 18. Police said at 10:35 a.m., Christopher A. Kinkennon headbutted a nurse in the chest. Kinkennon then tried to throw a punch at the nurse, police said.

An hour later, at 11:40 a.m., police said another inmate - 36-year-old Oliver E. Guertin, Jr. - grabbed a nurse, put him in a headlock and began to hit the nurse in the back of the head.

Both inmates were charged with assault on a peace officer or other. Kinkennon also faces an additional charge of assault causing bodily injury for an incident on Oct. 23 during which he allegedly assaulted a fellow inmate.
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