Inmate charged after attacking two correctional officers at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

Two correctional officers, a 54-year-old male victim and a 61-year-old male victim were attacked by Pitts, an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center

SMYRNA (DE) BY DNTV: Delaware State Police have arrested 22-year-old Korah Pitts of Penns Grove, NJ for assault and other associated charges following an investigation at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that began in mid-August.

On August 18, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., two correctional officers, a 54-year-old male victim and a 61-year-old male victim were attacked by Pitts, an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, while performing their normal duties. Pitts attacked the victims and used an improvised weapon to strike them multiple times in the head. After additional officers arrived to the scene Pitts was successfully restrained and placed in handcuffs.

Police Photo | Korah Pitts

Both victims were transported to an area hospital and treated for injuries to the head and face.

On September 5, 2022, troopers responded to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and charged Pitts with Recklessly Assault in a Detention Facility with Serious Injury (Felony) – 2 counts, Assault 1st Degree Intentionally Cause Injury to an Officer (Felony)- 2 counts, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony) – 2 counts, Promoting Prison Contraband, Resisting Arrest with Force (Felony), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony), and Criminal Mischief.

Pitts was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 3 and remained in the custody of the Department of Correction on $121,600 unsecured bond.

Deputy Bureau Chief of Prisons Paul G. Shavack advised Korah Pitts is currently serving a 5 year prison sentence for Robbery 1st Degree and Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony. He has been incarcerated in the Department of Correction since August 2018.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

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