by: Submitted photo Alejandro Arenas Martinez

An inmate in the Washington County Jail reportedly attacked a sheriff's deputy Sunday with a pencil, injuring the deputy and starting a melee involving other inmates.

Alejandro Arenas Martinez, 20, of Hillsboro, who is awaiting trial on an unrelated attempted murder charge, allegedly sneaked up behind a deputy working in one of the inmate pods and stabbed him three times in the face around 4 p.m., said Sgt. David Thompson, Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

After he was attacked, the deputy fought with Martinez. Three other inmates came to the aid of the deputy and started to fight with Martinez. At the same time, a fifth inmate, Alfonso Martinez Jr., 30, jailed on a previous probation violation charge, allegedly joined in the fight against the deputy.

Shortly after, several deputies responded to the pod and broke up the fight. Alejandro Martinez and Alfonso Martinez were both restrained and removed from the pod.

The deputy was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for three puncture wounds, two in the cheek and one near the ear. One of the puncture wounds was near the deputy's eye, but did not injure it.

The two inmates will face additional charges.

Detectives from the Washington County Major Crimes Team are continuing to investigate the attack.

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