Jailhouse brawl leaves Perry man with split lip

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Cameron Spencer Goodrich, 19, of Waukee charged Monday with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and assault on persons in certain occupations-bodily injury.


A Perry man got his lip split Monday night in a brawl with a fellow jailhouse inmate.

Cameron Spencer Goodrich, 19, of 1130 Third St., Waukee, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and assault on persons in certain occupations-bodily injury.

The incident began about 10 p.m. Monday in the Dallas County Jail, where correctional officers and deputy sheriffs responded to a report of a fight between two inmates.

The prisoners’ dispute was verbal until Goodrich allegedly “entered a fighting stance” and “threw multiple punches at” the victim, a Perry man, who “eventually was able to separate himself from the altercation and locked himself inside his cell,” according to court records.

The jailers and deputies responded to the disturbance, and Goodrich allegedly “became confrontational with the correctional staff” and “eventually picked up a trash can and threw the trash can at” a correctional officer.

The correctional staff “then had to escort Goodrich to his cell,” according to court records.

“One of the punches that Goodrich threw caused a split” in the inmate victim’s “lip,” and the jailer victim received “a red mark” on the forearm from the thrown trash can.

Goodrich was arrested April 9 on charges of assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and second-offense third-degree burglary after allegedly pilfering vehicles in a Waukee neighborhood March 16 and when chased by some of the victims, Goodrich allegedly “punched one of the victims,” who “fell and injured his knee and hand,” according to court records.

Goodrich was arrested April 9 on warrants in connection with his conviction for first-degree theft, second-degree theft and third-degree burglary in October 2020 in Dallas County District Court.

Goodrich is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $12,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 14 in Dallas County District Court in connection with the jailhouse fracas.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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