Jail inmate charged after alleged attack

A Bartholomew County inmate has been formally charged for his alleged role in a fight at the jail.

Angelito Carmelo Mercado is charged with Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury, a Level 5 Felony. The Sheriff’s Department says the charge stems from an incident on the evening of November 8th. Mercado allegedly attacked another inmate and broke his nose. Mercado was behind bars for probation violation and an outstanding Bartholomew County warrant. Authorities say he was awaiting transfer to the Indiana Department of Correction.

“We have been working with the Prosecutor’s Office since this incident occurred,” said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers. “It is very difficult to get inmates to talk; however, to be clear, we will not tolerate this in our jail. The safety of staff, inmates and the public is our number one priority,” added Myers.