TAMPA, Fla. – A Hillsborough County detention deputy is recovering after he was violently attacked by an inmate, Sheriff Chad Chronister said Wednesday.
According to the sheriff, Deputy Robert Hoban was attempting to move an inmate, Michler Gabriel, from one area of the jail, known as a pod, to another.
Surveillance video recorded the interaction between Hoban and Gabriel. According to the sheriff, Gabriel said he wanted to bring his hairbrush with him. Hoban wouldn’t let him and Gabriel can then be seen punching the deputy in the face, then continuing to try to beat him.
Another deputy can be seen running over to restrain Gabriel and Hoban gets back on his feet to help.
Gabriel was in jail on a series of mostly drug-related charges, including armed trafficking. He’s also been arrested about 40 previous times dating back to 2000.