A DuPage County jail inmate awaiting trial on armed robbery charges allegedly injured a fellow inmate by slashing his throat in a weekend attack, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Monday.
Rashawndyar Gaines, 30, of Westmont, was charged with aggravated battery in the alleged June 30 incident. The victim required 12 stitches to close his neck wound, Assistant State’s Attorney Jim French said.
Gaines, who is awaiting trial on armed robbery and a weapons charge, allegedly was returning to his cell when he went into an open cell where the victim was lying face down in bed. Gaines allegedly threw a blanket over the other man’s head and then attacked him with an unknown object, the prosecutor said.
When questioned, Gaines allegedly said that he had been upset over the recent death of his grandmother and that the victim reminded Gaines of someone who had previously shot him. Gaines said he “blanked out” during the incident, French said.
Gaines was arrested in November 2016 and charged with the armed robbery of a Speedway station in Westmont that took place on Oct. 10. Authorities say he brandished a shotgun and took about $300 in the hold-up. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after he was taken into custody several weeks later.
He had previously been sentenced to prison on a 2008 weapons charge, according to prosecutors. He is next due back in court on July 20 on his 2016 charges.
Clifford Ward is a freelance reporter.