Sheriff Dart Releases Additional Video in Jail Hostage Incident

Aug 5, 2016Press Release

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart has released additional video in which individuals in custody took control of a jail housing unit and injured another individual in custody.

According to the Sheriff’s Office investigation, at approximately 4:30 p.m. July 28, Division 10 individuals in custody Martin Alvarado and Cordarryl Stevenson took control of their housing unit, covering the floor with soapy water. They obscured the fixed cameras in the housing unit before tearing them down completely.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 28, members of the jail’s Emergency Response Team entered the housing unit, took custody of Martin, 24, and Stevenson, 27. The injured individual in custody was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries. A weapon was recovered.

There were no injuries to staff or to the other 15 individuals in custody housed there. A criminal investigation is ongoing and additional criminal charges are expected against both individuals in custody.

Sheriff Dart applauds the exceptional expertise and professionalism of his staff.