Warrant: ‘Shank’ used in inmate fight at Orleans jail

November 13, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An arrest warrant says one inmate at the New Orleans jail wounded another with a makeshift knife, known as a shank, earlier this month.

It’s the latest example of serious violence still plaguing the lockup that is under federal court oversight.

Nola.com|The Times-Picayune reports 23-year-old Mattrick Dunbar now faces new charges of aggravated second-degree battery. He was already being held on charges including robbery.

Dunbar’s warrant says he admitted to the Nov. 4 altercation but said he used only his hands. But surveillance video showed Dunbar passing something to another inmate. The warrant says the object was later recovered and investigators said it was a shank.

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