Seven inmates at the Larimer County jail, six of whom are known gang members, possibly face charges after a “large fight” broke out at the detention center Wednesday night.
Among the suspected participants is Adrian Rodarte, a Loveland man known to be a member of the Sureño gang, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to murder.
“Deputies believe that the release of several Sureños from the (detention center) precipitated the action on the part of the Norteños,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Eloise Campanella said in a statement. “Within moments, deputies on duty were able to quell the disturbance. No deputies were injured during the incident. However, the involved inmates received minor cuts, scrapes and bruises.”
The incident occurred in a general population area of the jail.
Campanella said at least one of the participants confirmed speculations that the motive for the fight was gang related.
In the statement, Cam-panella reported that Sheriff Jim Alderden is concerned the fight, along with three other incidents at the jail since Wednesday evening, are the result of overcrowding.
A capacity at the jail has been set at 460 due to a lack of funding, but Campanella said there were 503 inmates in the jail Friday. Some housing areas at the jail have been closed down because of budget restrictions.
“Alderden expressed complete confidence in his jail staff but is concerned about employee safety with increased level of violence at the Larimer County Detention Center due to the overcrowded conditions,” Campanella said.
When the fight occurred Wednesday, there were 499 inmates incarcerated and 59, or 12 percent, of those inmates were known gang members, according to Campanella.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that of the 59 incarcerated gang members, 19 are Sureño, 16 are Norteño, 14 are Juggalo, four are Aryan, one is Blood, five are Crips and 10 are affiliated with various other gangs.