Two Corrections Officers Assaulted At The Liberty County Jail

LIBERTY, January 24, 2014 - At around noon on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, two Corrections Officers (CO’s) were assaulted at the Liberty County Jail. The initial report states that the CO’s were assaulted by Alisa Emjoli Chapman, 34, of Trinity, TX. Alisa was being held at the jail on a Revocation of Probation warrant, for a previous misdemeanor theft.

The assault occurred at lunch time during the normal inmate feeding schedule. Sgt. Beulah Chapman (no relation to the suspect) was distributing food trays in a holding cell at the book-in area. One inmate, Alisa Chapman, became verbally abusive towards Sgt. Chapman and kept trying to exit the cell. Sgt. Chapman had to order Alisa back into the cell on a couple of occasions. Sgt. Chapman had handed Alisa her tray, then turned around to get Alisa’s beverage. That’s when Alisa allegedly punched Sgt. Chapman in the face. CO Amanda Fregia was working in book-in and immediately came to Sgt. Chapman’s assistance. At that point, Alisa allegedly punched CO Fregia in the head and also pulled some hair from Fregia’s head. Both CO’s were able to subdue Alisa Chapman without injuring her, and without further injury to themselves.

Sgt. Chapman and CO Fregia were examined by the medical staff at the jail. Their wounds, while painful, did not require further treatment at an emergency facility. They were both released to return to work.

The Liberty County Jail is operated by Community Education Centers Inc. While the jail’s day-to-day operations are handled by a private company, by Texas law, the ultimate responsibility for the jail is still the Sheriff’s. As such, Deputy William Candelari was sent to the jail to conduct the investigation into the assault. Candelari subsequently added two additional charges to Alisa Chapman book-in sheet: Assault on a Public Servant (one for each CO assaulted). Justice of the Peace Stephen Hebert magistrated Alisa Thursday morning, January 23rd. Judge Hebert set bond on Alisa at $50,000 for each charge ($100,000 total). Alisa Chapman also has a previous conviction for Assault-Family Violence.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office investigation of the assault, CEC Inc. will conduct an independent investigation of the incident.


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