Five Dearborn Co. Inmates Accused In Jailhouse Attack
By Mike Perleberg
Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center inmates (left to right) Michael Craven, Joshua Deckard, Collin Tenhundfeld, Christopher Spain, and Billy Luke are accused of attacking a fellow inmate on July 8, 2014.
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Five Dearborn County Jail inmates are accused of a brutal jailhouse attack on another inmate.
The victim, Kenneth Rodmaker, was cornered in a jail cell by five inmates who then ganged up in hitting and kicking him on July 8, according to a probable cause affidavit filed July 15 in Dearborn Superior Court I by sheriff’s office investigators.
The five alleged attackers have been identified as Christopher Spain, Joshua Deckard, Michael Craven, Collin Tenhundfeld, and Billy Luke. Jail officers and investigators used surveillance footage to determine that the five allegedly laid in wait for Rodmaker to enter the cell where he was physically attacked with closed fists multiple times on his face and head.
The attack caused Rodmaker to go in and out of consciousness, he told jailers. He was taken to Dearborn County Hospital where he received stitches for his injuries. Investigators noted bruises and swelling on his jaw and face.
All five of the suspects in the attack refused to answer investigators’ questions, according to the affidavit.
They are each charged with Criminal Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 3 felony), Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Confinement Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 3 felony), Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 5 felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 5 felony).
In addition to the new battery charges, the five alleged attackers were in jail at the time of the alleged attack on the following counts:
Christopher Spain, 32 – Burglary, Attempted Theft, Theft, Conspiracy to Deal in a Narcotic Drug, Probation Violation.
Joshua Deckard, 23 – Theft, Attempted Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Probation Violation
Michael Craven, 26 – Probation Violation
Collin Tenhundfeld, 20 – Theft, Attempted Theft
Billy Luke, 28 – Invasion of Privacy, Stalking, Intimidation, Criminal Mischief, Probation Violation
Rodmaker is being held for bond revocation on a charge of Possession of a Handgun without a License.
I was personally in this housing unit when this alleged crime took place it was not a 5 on 1 fight it was a one on one with rodamaker losing badly it is not a crime for the other 4 to watch a fight fighting is a speculating sport and thats simply what it was
It's about time that they make someone accountable for the crap that some of the inmates try to get away with at that jail. The victims family should bring charges against DCLEC because they're responsible for keeping every and all inmates safe
Some one should had been watching them at all times. It sounds to me somebody wasnt doing their job. :(
Pathetic! Put any single one of them in front of the victim one at a time and I would bet that none of them would stand a chance?
Bunch of cowards. 4 thieves that won't work for what they want and a pervert. Ken probably had already faced them all down individually that's why they had to hide together then jump him.
Where is/was the officer in charge or on duty. Will he be charged also for allowing it to happen. And/or the sheriff.
Probably true. BUT, the problem is, this more than likely was allowed to happen. Wait til someone is killed and see whi is held accountable. Probation violation is a money maker for the Cty. Just look at the numbers.
@RickSchuster I've been in there. There is never a C.O. in the actual pod where the inmates are. He's outside of it behind a huge tinted glas window. They are never paying attention. All you have to do is close the cell door and you could slit a person's throat and they wouldn't know for days.