Olympia City Jail inmate accused of attacking guard

OLYMPIA - An inmate at the Olympia City Jail apparently slashed a corrections officer's face with shards from a broken plastic mug Monday, court papers state.

The corrections officer needed stitches on his forehead and chin. The inmate later said he was upset because he had learned that he might be sent to Western State Hospital, court papers state.

The inmate, Shmuel Sarliker, 46, was being held Tuesday at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault.

The corrections officer injured in the attack, Les Duncan, was back at work Tuesday, Olympia Police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad said. He needed three stitches on the left side of his forehead and three stitches on his right lower cheek, court papers state.

Bjornstad said the attack began when the corrections officer opened the door to Sarliker’s cell and was met with a headbutt.

“Duncan did not see the attack coming but found himself being punched on the face and head,” court papers state.

The inmate also apparently slashed the officer with a shard from the plastic mug, according to court papers. The mugs are given to the inmates in their cells when they are served food, Bjornstad said.

Another corrections officer came to help and Sarliker was placed in handcuffs and a restraint chair, according to court papers.

While Sarliker was being booked at the county jail Monday after the attack, a piece of the plastic cup used in the assault was found in the front pocket of his shirt.

Sarliker was being held at the Olympia City Jail on suspicion of lewd conduct after an earlier arrest for allegedly exposing himself to a 12-year-old boy, said Olympia detective Sgt. Dan Smith.

Jeremy Pawloski, 360-754-5465