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3 FIGHTS BREAK OUT AT SAUGUS JAIL.

Byline: Daily News Staff and Wire Services

Three brawls involving dozens of prisoners from rival gangs erupted at two different jails at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, one of the fights resulting in seven injuries, Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday.

About 50 inmates clashed briefly Wednesday night at the East Facility at the Saugus jail complex Wednesday evening, but no injuries were reported, said Deputy Carrie Stuart.

The melee occurred in a dormitory shortly after 11 p.m. and lasted less than three minutes, Stuart said.

The inmates, who fought with hands and feet, ended the brawl when deputies ordered them to stop, she said.

Earlier on Wednesday seven men suffered minor injuries in two clashes in the high-security North County Correctional Facility area of the sprawling Pitchess complex. No weapons were used in either clash, Deputy Kim Unland said.

The first disturbance broke out about 3:40 p.m. and involved about two dozen inmates, four of whom were hurt, Unland said, adding that it lasted only a few minutes.

About 6 p.m., a brief fight among 15 to 20 inmates left three men injured, she said. An investigation is under way to determine what sparked the clashes.

On Monday, a racially charged jailhouse melee left 27 inmates hurt, seven of them stabbed, before deputies tossed an anti-riot grenade to quell the disturbance at the NCCF high-security unit.

No sheriff's deputies were injured. That fight involved 60 to 70 inmates. The medium- and maximum-security complex 35 miles north of downtown Los Angeles has been plagued for years by tension between African-American and Latino inmates. It houses about 8,000 convicts.
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