On Tuesday, Dec. 24, at approximately 11 p.m. a 33-year-old male inmate in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility was assaulted by two other male inmates in a general population housing unit.

The officer in the 70-man housing unit did not witness the assault, but became aware of it when approached by the victim, who was bleeding from his face. The officer rendered immediate medical attention until medical staff arrived. The victim, who was conscious and alert, was transported by ambulance to the hospital and later transferred out of the area for further treatment. A judge was consulted and the victim was released on his own recognizance to appear at a later date. The victim was in custody on charges of stolen vehicle theft and buying/receiving stolen property. His status is unknown at this time.

The victim was able to identify one of the suspects as Christopher Jewitt, age 27, of San Miguel, CA. Jewitt was in custody on charges of vehicle theft, buying/receiving stolen property, and false identification to a peace officer. While investigating the assault, officers determined the identity of the second suspect as Matthew Caston, age 33, of Hydesville. Caston was in custody on charges of stalking, threats, and probation violation.

Both suspects were booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon (hands and feet), and remain in custody pending their court dates.