Inmate injures officer in escape attempt


WARSAW — A man in jail and under indictment for assaulting a deputy is now facing new felony charges after he allegedly injured an officer during an attempted escape at Wyoming County Jail.

David M. Schmieder, 26, was charged with second-degree assault and attempted first-degree escape after an investigation into the Sunday fracas.

Sheriff Gregory Rudolph said Schmieder was in the main confinement area of the jail when he attempted to escape. Officers quickly caught him in the main corridor. Rudolph said Schmieder had little chance of escaping, with three secure jail doors to breach before he would have been able to leave.

A jail officer was injured during the struggle with Schmieder, Rudolph said.

The officer was treated at Wyoming County Community Hospital and has returned to work.

“The officers did a tremendous job limiting injury and containing the incident in the main corridor,” Rudolph said.

Schmieder was arraigned in County Court and returned to jail, with bail set at $100,000.

Schmieder in December was indicted by a grand jury and charged with second-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, along with resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Schmieder is accused of assaulting a Wyoming County sheriff’s deputy during an arrest on Sept. 24 in Warsaw.

Citizens called 911 reporting that a man was standing in the middle of Route 19 obstructing traffic and acting “irrationally” and yelling such things as he was “going to meet God,” police said at the time.

He struggled with deputies and punched one on the head, causing a wound that required stitches.

Schmieder also had drugs in his mouth and refused to spit them out, deputies said.

He initially was taken into custody under the state’s mental health laws. He was later criminally charged.

Schmieder just three weeks earlier had been released after a violation of probation hearing. He was on probation for a 2018 drug-dealing convicting and violated probation by being arrested in Batavia for patronizing a prostitute.

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