Brian Kelly

 EDWARDSVILLE, Il. (KMOX)-Madison County authorities are considering finding other forms of deodorant for jail inmates, after a convicted robber attacked a deputy with a dagger fashioned out of the hard plastic cover of a deodorant container.

Lt. Mike Dixon tells KMOX that after getting a tip that Robert Baker had a weapon, they took him to a room and began questioning him. Dixon says Baker was uncooperative and at one point asked to be returned to his cell.

Moments later Dixon says  Baker pulled the blade out of his pants and attacked an officer, ” Three deputies had to secure and detain Mr. Baker and they removed from his clenched fist about a three-inch hard plastic homemade dagger or shank.”

Dixon says no one was hurt, but it was a close call, “Although it sounds miniscule that it’s plastic, it was hard plastic and it was very sharp and it definitely could have caused some serious injuries.”

Baker, 44, from East St. Louis, now faces charges of felony assault on an officer and unlawful possession of contraband in a penal institution. He has been placed in a segregated cell.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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