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Prison Inmate Takes Guard Hostage

January 7, 1986

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) _ A female prison guard was taken hostage at knifepoint today by an inmate of a maximum security state prison who apparently was dissatisfied with medical care, authorities said.

The inmate of the Huron Valley Men’s Facility, in Pittsfield Township hear Ypsilanti, held the guard in his cell as Warden Gene Borgert, a hostage negotiator and the prison psychiatrist talked to him.

Adria Libolt, Borgert’s assistant, said she was unsure what the inmate wanted but that he apparently was dissatisfied with medical care at the prison.

″He apparently grabbed her from the housing unit and pulled her into his room,″ said Richard McKeon, executive assistant to state Corrections Director Robert Brown Jr.

He said the officer was not harmed and that the inmate ″just wanted to talk with the warden and a psychiatrist.″

The single window in the door to the cell had been covered ″so we can’t see into the room,″ McKeon said.

The hostage ″initially was writing the questions for him and sliding them under the door,″ he said.

Authorities would not identify the prisoner or the guard, who is one of 31 women among the prison’s 192 guards

Libolt said the 33-year-old prisoner was serving a 15-year term for furnishing a weapon to an inmate at another prison where the man had been serving time for larceny from building.

She said Huron Valley’s 361 other inmates were locked into their cells following the hostage taking.

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