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Sheriff’s Office: Lower Keys inmate attacks guard, racks up new felony charge

The Stock Island Detention Center and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office buildings are seen here from the air.
The Stock Island Detention Center and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office buildings are seen here from the air.

A 27-year-old Lower Keys woman with prior convictions for domestic battery and violating a protective order is now accused of punching a deputy in the face and breaking another deputy’s glasses when they tried to remove property from her cell at the Stock Island Detention Center.

Meagan Nicole Martin, of Big Coppitt Key, who on Sept. 2 was booked into the jail, 5501 College Road, for the protective order violation, said she didn’t hit anyone but did get into an “altercation,” with a female deputy, according to the arrest report.

It took a blast of pepper spray to get Martin to stop fighting, detention deputies said.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies — a man and a woman — entered Martin’s cell at about 6:35 p.m. Sunday after she refused to comply with commands to be handcuffed by placing her hands through the food port of her cell door so they could remove property from her cell.

Martin wouldn’t budge from her bunk, deputies said. The inmate’s property was not identified or described in the arrest report.

When the two deputies walked closer, they say Martin started yelling at them and when one began removing her property she lunged at the female deputy and punched her in the lower jaw twice, kicked her in the knee and thigh and later while being placed in a restraint chair, spit at her back, the report states.

During the struggle, the male deputy said Martin ripped his eyeglasses from his face and twisted them, leaving them destroyed.

On Tuesday, Martin remained locked up without bond.

In September 2015, Martin was arrested for domestic battery and later convicted. On April 15, 2016, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI, eluding police, reckless driving and driving without a valid license and convicted and sentenced in August. Her latest conviction was on Nov. 10 for violating a protective order.

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen

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