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Forsyth County inmate used makeshift knife in jail officers attack, officials say

Matthew West was escorted in by multiple officers wearing a neck brace following the assault on two jail officers.

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Matthew West appeared in his first video arraignment Thursday morning. He was wearing a neck brace following the assault on two Forsyth County detention officers.

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He is charged with two counts of assault on a detention employee inflicting serious injury and possession of a weapon by a prisoner. All three counts are class F felonies with a minimum of 59 months each. 

According to West's record, he used a make-shift knife out of a detention center property box in the attack. His record also mentions he is a part of a gang and has a history of assault. 

West is accused of beating two Forsyth County detention officers last Friday. The sheriff's office said one of the officers suffered a broken eye bone and the other had a dislocated shoulder. Both officers had bruises all over. 

West will be represented by a court-appointed public defender at his next court appearance on September 8. 


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