Jailer assault suspect misidentified, police say

Raymond Burns Jr. mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Raymond Burns Jr. mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The man accused of assaulting a jailer at the Nacogdoches County Jail was misidentified, police say.

According to a spokesman with the Nacogdoches Police, the suspect was originally identified as Lesedric McClain. However, a woman claiming to be McClain's husband called police and said the man in the mug shot on television was not McClain.

Police have now identified the suspect as Raymond Burns Jr. He is in the jail on charges of aggravated robbery and several other felonies.

Sheriff Thomas Kerss said Burns gave the wrong identity when he was booked in the jail. Once they were able to identify him as Burns, they discovered he was on parole in Panola County.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss, the inmate used a ball point pen to stab a jailer in the forehead in an attempt to flee his cell area.  Kerss said a portion of the pen broke off and lodged in the jailer's brow just above the right eye.

Kerss said the inmate then fought with additional detention officers as they attempted to subdue him.  The inmate was secured after a brief struggle and was placed into a violence cell.  Kerss said although the inmate had verbally indicated his intent to escape during the assault, at no time was he close to exiting the confines of the jail.