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Armed Inmate Holds Preschool Hostage, After Attacking Deputy

November 30, 2010  | 

Police apprehended an inmate Monday who led northern California law enforcement officers on a five-hour manhunt after he overpowered a lone deputy and broke into a preschool, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Maurice Ainsworth, who shot a bystander with the Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputy's service weapon, was apprehended after invading an occupied house.

Ainsworth escaped from Dominican Hospital for an MRI. He attacked the female deputy while being shackled.

Sheriff Phil Wowak said the injured deputy suffered some "pretty nasty wounds." In addition to being shocked with a TASER, she was hit a number of times in the head and bitten.

After disarming the deputy, Ainsworth forced his way into the Secret Garden Too Preschool, held a gun to the teacher's head and demanded her keys. He attempted to steal the teacher's car, but fled in the opposite direct as police approached the school.

Ainsworth was in jail awaiting a transfer to state prison to serve a three year sentence for armed robbery and home invasion. In January, he tied up homeowners in Boulder Creek and burglarized their house.

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garydaranger @ 11/30/2010 7:54 PM

The 6' 7" 270 inmate hit the deputy (who was half his size and weight) in the face while she was placing the shackles back on him after the MRI. The suspect then ran out of the hospital and the deputy pursued him into the parking lot where she confronted him again. The suspect obtained her Taser and tased her with it. She sustained barb hits to the neck and ear and still had the foresight to call in the incident on the radio. The suspect took the deputy's firearm while she was stunned. Your story also failed to mention we got the bastard and no other citizens were injured. Personally, I believe the deputy did a damn good job with the situation she was placed in and I would want her to back me up any time.

RRocco @ 12/1/2010 12:45 AM

"The Deputy did a damn good job" ? She lost her taser, her gun and her prisoner? how do you figure she did a good job, because the suspect decided not to kill her?

scpdblue @ 12/1/2010 3:06 PM

I am grateful that the deputy is alive and no one was killed... With that said I feel that. All male prisoners should be escorted by male deputies,Females prisoners by female deputies.Male Prisons should have male corrections officers,Females prison should have female correction officers.

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