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2nd Spear Attack Puts San Quentin on 'Lock-Down'

June 15, 1985

San Quentin Prison will remain on total "lock-down" status this weekend, with all visits canceled, after the second spear attack by an inmate on a guard within six days, corrections officials said Friday.

The latest incident occurred Friday morning when an inmate, believed to be a member of the Crips street gang of Los Angeles, hurled a prison-made spear at the neck of a guard passing the convict's cell, according to corrections spokesman Robert Gore.

The guard ducked out of the way of the weapon and was not injured. The incident followed last Saturday night's fatal stabbing of a veteran guard with a similar spear, a weapon made of a sharpened eight-inch piece of metal bed frame tied to a 41-inch shaft made of tightly rolled newspaper.

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