LAND O'LAKES — On Thursday morning, an inmate reached through the food chute in his cell door, snatched a radio from a deputy's belt, pulled it into his cell and made "multiple radio calls... which were heard throughout the jail," according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Devin Lamm, a 24-year-old accused of dozens of jail violations since his incarceration began in June 2008, threatened to kill the deputy and the deputy's family, a report states.
According to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll, Lamm broadcast from his cell in the medical wing:
"Fire, fire, the jail's on fire."
"Inmate Lamm to Captain Beckman: Please come talk to me."
Authorities say Lamm also pretended to be a deputy requesting backup in other parts of the facility. He's been there long enough to know their vernacular.
"Fight in Delta 200!" Lamm said, according to Doll.
Lamm eventually relinquished the radio to deputies.
He is one of three men accused of holding guns to the heads of two children, ages 6 months and 2 years, during a home invasion in Hudson. The case is still in the court system. Since his arrest June 23, 2008, Lamm, of Hudson, has gotten 17 additional charges for jailhouse mischief — such as splashing a deputy with urine, breaking the lock on his cell door, smashing a jail computer and breaking the fire sprinkler in his cell.
Lamm has been involved in 92 separate incidents at the jail violating 144 rules, Doll said.
His newest charges are battery on a law enforcement officer, criminal mischief, intimidating a witness and depriving an officer of means of communication.
He remains without bail at the jail.