- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - Authorities say two Vermont prison inmates used an improvised knife made out of a sharpened ruler to take a guard hostage and hold him for over two hours in August.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/2dOvMLm) one of the inmates, 22-year-old Mehmed Devac, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to kidnapping-ransom and aggravated assault on a corrections officer.

The other inmate, 32-year-old Leroy Hughes, faces similar charges in another county.

A police affidavit says Corrections Officer Malcom Brown went to their cell at the Northern State Correctional Facility and seized contraband tattoo equipment. Brown did a pat down search of Hughes, sent him into the hallway and was patting down Devac when Hughes attempted to attack him. Brown shoved him away and Hughes showed the weapon.

They released Brown after demanding cigarettes and a prison transfer.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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