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Jail lockdown follows inmate disturbance

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SANTA ANA The Men's Central Jail remains on lockdown following a disturbance involving at least 40 inmates, police said.

The incident was reported at 11:30 p.m. Friday after inmates refused to go into a cell and began destroying jail property, Lt. Lloyd Downing said.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the jail was still on lockdown with no timeline on when it will go back to normal operations.

"We're monitoring the situation and when we feel it's safe we'll get back to normal services," said Lt. Tim Rainwater.

Inmates are accused of tearing up bed linens, trying to break cell doors and setting a fire, Downing said. Deputies assembled emergency-response teams and removed at least 40 inmates causing trouble, Downing said.

No injuries were reported.

Because of the disturbance, no visitors were allowed to see prisoners Saturday, Rainwater said.

 

By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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