PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - A prison inmate who was minutes away from becoming a free man assaulted a detention officer to avoid being released, deputies say.
According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Alexandro Guerrero, 25, attacked the officer breaking his nose in order to get more jail time. Deputies say if released, Guerrero is afraid he will be killed. He told investigators there was a hit out on him by the Mexican drug cartel 'Los Zetas.' The violent group believes he was a snitch and was cooperating with local police.
For the past few years, Guerrero has been in prison trying to stay locked up. According to the Department of Corrections in order to remain in jail Guerrero has lit his cell on fire, made a weapon, thrown hot water in an officer's face and refused to sign release forms.
Guerrero used to sell drugs for 'Los Zetas' in Yuma, Arizona when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant.