Prisoner headed to sentencing used scissors during escape attempt, police say

July 22, 2013 

Jackie C. Curl

— The Canyon County Courthouse's Nampa annex was evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. Monday after a prisoner on his way to a sentencing reportedly threatened a guard with scissors and attempted to escape.

Jackie C. Curl, 19, has been charged with aggravated assault, burglary, resisting and obstructing officers, and escape. He is currently being held at the Canyon County Jail without bond.

Officers were transporting Curl from a juvenile facility to the annex for a battery sentencing when he asked to use the restroom, Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Randall said. A correctional officer took the man to the bathroom, returning a short time later to check on him.

“At that time, the individual produced the scissors, had cut his restraints loose and threatened the correctional officer with the scissors in an attempt to get his keys,“ Randall said. “We believe it was an attempt to escape.”

Curl had been restrained by cuffs attached to a belt.

The officer was able to escape the bathroom and Curl was locked in, Randall said.

After the courthouse was evacuated, members of the Nampa Police Department's crisis negotiation team went into the bathroom to talk to Curl.

“After about 15 minutes of talking with him, he surrendered,” Randall said.

The incident disrupted court proceedings for about 30 minutes, according to Randall. Police believe Curl smuggled the scissors out of the juvenile facility.

Curl has been in the custody of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for about four years, Randall said. The state's online court records system lists past offenses in Canyon, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, dating back to 2007.

Juvenile Corrections can retain oversight of an inmate until they are age 21, Randall said. But Curl will be tried as an adult for Monday's charges, which Randall described as an escape plan worked out in advance.

According to Randall, Curl told officers that he intended to kill the correctional officer, steal a vehicle and carry out robberies until he could leave town.

Curl was also set to be arraigned Monday on three other battery charges, all misdemeanors. According to online court records, his sentencing for the initial battery charge has been delayed to Aug. 19; he pleaded guilty in that case.

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