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      Foiled jail break began with attack by homemade weapon

      Jason Keller, 23, has been charged with counts of conspiracy aggravated kidnapping, attempt aggravated kidnapping, attempt escape and conspiracy escape

      A Corrections Officer at the Adams County Jail was attacked when three inmates tried to escape Sunday.

      The three inmates have now been identified.

      Cobretti M. Matlick, 19, has been charged with five counts including conspiracy aggravated kidnapping, attempt aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, attempt escape and conspiracy escape and will have his next court date on August 5.

      Nicholas C. Ray, 24, has been charged with counts of conspiracy aggravated kidnapping, attempt aggravated kidnapping, attempt escape and conspiracy escape and will also have his next court date on August 5.

      Jason M. Keller, 23, has been charged with counts of conspiracy aggravated kidnapping, attempt aggravated kidnapping, attempt escape and conspiracy escape and will be in court on August 6.

      Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer reports that an investigation found that Matlick, Ray and Keller made homemade weapons and planned to take a hostage and escape.

      An officer fought back after Matlick lunged and struck him several times, Sheriff Fischer said.

      Sheriff Fischer explained that a second officer assisted and helped stop the escape attempt, but the first officer was struck at least twice by Matlick. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment and later released.

      "We're just unfortunate here, that one of our folks had to be a victim to their whatever scheme or plot they thought they had," Fischer said.

      According to court documents, Matlick "held a dirk...to the throat of a {corrections officer} and stabbed the {corrections officer}" in the head.

      A dirk is homemade weapon.

      Court documents alleged both Ray and Keller conspired in making the weapon, sometimes known as a shank.

      Meanwhile, the corrections officer is home and recovering.

      "He is off and will remain there until we feel that it's appropriate to bring him back to work," Fischer said.