LA Sheriffs Custody Assistant Brutally Assaulted

Still from security camera showing a Sheriff's Custody Assistant in uniform handing an inmate an item just before she is attacked. The inmate is dressed in a blue jump suit and is standing infront of a gurney. The room has a wide concrete floor and is surrounded by glass walls and a door is behind them.

LA Sheriffs Custody Assistant Brutally Assaulted

LA Sheriffs Custody Assistant Brutally Assaulted 600 394 SIB Staff

LA Sheriff’s Custody Assistant Brutally Assaulted in unprovoked attack by Inmate at the Inmate Reception Center

On May 5th, 2021, An inmate at the Inmate Reception Center brutally punched a custody assistant after his left hand was unsecured from his waist chain when he asked to use the restroom.

The 54-year-old Asian female was launched to the floor after handing the inmate toilet paper as she crashed into medical carts from the strong blow. The 29-year-old Inmate continued the assault by punching her two more times in her face as she laid on the floor.

The Inmate then stopped his attack and sat back down on a gurney, offering no resistance to arriving sheriff’s personnel who secured him to the gurney. The custody assistant suffered trauma to the face and head. She was transported to a local hospital, where she is currently receiving treatment. She remains in stable condition.

The Inmate, 29-year-old Arnulfo Meza, was transported to a high-security area and is pending assault and hate crime charges.

There is no additional information at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

Video of LA Sheriff’s Custody Assistant assaulted in an unprovoked attack by an inmate. Viewer discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of the attack.

Chief Laura E. Lecrivain has been a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Department) since 1995.  She oversees Countywide Services Division which includes the Community Partnerships, Community Colleges, Parks, and County Services Bureau.  Prior to her promotion to chief, she worked as a commander for Countywide Services Division and Custody Division. 

As a captain, Chief Lecrivain commanded the Twin Towers Correctional Facility (TTCF) where she was responsible for over 800 personnel and the care of 3,000 mentally ill inmates arrested in Los Angeles County (County).  The TTCF is the largest mental health facility in the United States and houses the County’s most severe mental health inmates.  

During her time on the Department, Chief Lecrivain had the privilege of working an array of assignments.  As a deputy, she worked Century Station patrol, detective bureau, and Operation Safe Streets (OSS).  Later, as a sergeant, Chief Lecrivain worked at the Men’s Central Jail, Compton Station, OSS, and Administrative Services Division.  Upon her promotion to lieutenant, Chief Lecrivain worked as a watch commander at Palmdale Station, and later at Compton Station.   

Chief Lecrivain is lifetime resident of Los Angeles County.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Management, and a Masters’ Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California.  In her spare time, Chief Lecrivain enjoys spending time with her family and Dodger baseball.  She also loves reading and enjoys running.