Jail fight involves teen accused of jumping state police captain

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson

One of two men charged in an assault on a state officer was assaulted himself in jail Sunday.

Raymond Nattrass, 17, was walking up the stairs in the Special Needs Unit in the Carson City Jail, and Christopher Nelson, 22, was walking down the stairs when Nelson allegedly struck Nattrass on the back of the head with a cup, according to the arrest report. The two then wrestled down the stairs to the floor, the report states.

The entire incident was caught on video surveillance.

Nelson, in custody on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender, was additionally booked on a felony charge of battery on a prisoner by a prisoner.

Nattrass was cleared of any wrongdoing in the jail incident.

He, his brother William Nattrass, 21, and friend Vivian Leman, 28, have been in custody since Nov. 14, when the trio were arrested for allegedly jumping and wrestling away the gun of Department of Public Safety Capt. P.K. O'Neill. According to police reports, William Nattrass tried to pull the trigger on the weapon but it failed to fire.

On Christmas Eve, a Carson City judge reduced the elder Nattrass' bail to $25,000, but he remained in custody on Wednesday.

Raymond Nattrass is being held without bail. At the time of his arrest, he had allegedly cut off an ankle monitor and absconded from juvenile probation in Placerville, Calif.

A trial is set to begin March 31 for the Nattrass brothers and Leman.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.


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