Inmate attacks officer, nurse while being treated at hospital

Dale Lewis Jr.
Dale Lewis Jr.

MASON CITY, Iowa – A  Cerro Gordo County inmate tries to escape from the hospital he was being treated at, and assaults a Corrections Officer in the process.  It happened at 5:50pm on Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.  42-year-old Dale Lewis Junior was being treated on the 4th floor.  He was in custody for Felony Forgery and Theft.  Corrections Officer, Kaitlin Schmitz was guarding Lewis when he physically attacked her, and knocked her to the floor.  He ran away, and injured a nurse by knocking her down.  Officer Schmitz was able to subdue Lewis by using a Taser on him.  Lewis was taken back into custody.

“She’s a newer employee and she responded very well for a new employee. We’re not only proud; not only she didn’t get hurt, but also she did the right thing and reacted in the right way. The main goal anytime we have an inmate out of the jail is never to lose them, never let them escape,” Sheriff Kevin Pals tells KIMT News 3.

Lewis is facing additional charges, from both the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Mason City Police Department, including Escape from Custody, Assault on a Corrections Officer and Assault on a Health Care Provider.

He is back in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

Schmitz was treated and released, and the injured nurse was also treated and released.



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