<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> ACSO - News Release - 02/01/12

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PITTSBURGH, PA - On Monday, January 30, 2012, sheriff’s deputies requested that Marje Collins, 18, exit the female holding cell to be transported to the Allegheny County Jail.  After five requests, the inmate finally exited under her own free will.  As a deputy attempted to prepare her restraints for transport, Collins became very disorderly by pulling away and refusing to accommodate the deputy’s requests.  The inmate was placed onto a nearby bench to prevent her from offering any harm to the deputy, while he continued to place restraints on her.  At this point, Collins became very aggressive, verbally threatening the deputy and eventually squaring off with him.  The inmate freed her left arm from the handcuff and started to flail her arms, in turn scratching, pinching and gouging the deputy resulting in bloodshed.  The deputy finally gained control of Collins, however couldn’t place restraints on her.  Two other deputies helped reapply the restraints, but not before Collins was able to kick and scratch these deputies too.  After a brief struggle, deputies gained complete control and placed the inmate in an isolation cell for her own well-being.

Collins was charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault, three counts of Assault By Prisoner and three accounts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.  Neither Collins nor the deputies involved sought medical attention after the scuffle.  Furthermore, Collins was transported to the Allegheny County Jail.

Sheriff’s deputies have had three run-ins with Collins over the last year.  In each instance, she became boisterous and aggressive with deputies attempting to cause them harm.

For any media requesting a photo of Collins, please visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.sheriffalleghenycounty.com.



FEBRUARY 1, 2012

CONTACT: William P. Mullen, Sheriff, 412-350-4714