FRONT ROYAL – Authorities claim a prisoner turned a comb into a knife while incarcerated at the regional jail last week.

Timothy Sterling Webb, 40, an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail with a last known address of 90 Broadview Ave., Warrenton, is charged with making, procuring, secreting or possessing a knife or instrument, tool or any item not authorized by the superintendent or sheriff capable of causing death or bodily injury.

Webb appeared in Warren County General District Court on Tuesday. A judge scheduled Webb’s next court appearance for April 16. Webb remains held at the jail without bond on charges from other jurisdictions.

Corrections officer Clay A. Foltz states in a criminal complaint filed with the case that a supervisor advised him Friday to search his assigned housing unit and the inmates. Foltz started to do a pat-down search on Webb and asked the inmate if he possessed any objects that would poke, stab or injure him or anyone else, the officer states in the complaint. Webb told him no, Foltz states.

“As I was searching his waistband and pant legs, I noticed an item fall from the left pant leg and land on the floor,” the complaint states.

Foltz described the item as a comb approximately 10 inches long with its teeth removed and the end sharpened to a point, similar to a knife. The item was wrapped in notebook paper, Foltz states.

The officer’s incident report filed with the case includes a more detailed account. Foltz participated in a search of a cell in a male housing unit at approximately 6 p.m. Friday. Officers conducted a cell search, a strip search and a pat-down on inmates Webb and Edwin Lambert, the report states.

“While conducted (sic) a pat search on Inmate Webb, I instructed him to kick his shoes off,” Foltz states. “When Webb’s shoes came off, an object that appeared to be a ‘shank’ dropped from his pant leg.

“The object appeared to be a comb that the inmates commonly receive in hygiene/indigent kits,” Foltz adds. “The teeth of the comb were removed and the end of the object was sharpened down to a point to where it resembled a small knife.”

Officers Anthony Clem and Robert Fogle handcuffed both inmates and escorted them to intake for a strip search, the report states. Foltz searched the inmates’ cell but found no items of significance, he states in the report. Officers escorted Webb to another housing area and turned over the object to supervisory staff, Foltz states. The officer then sought a warrant to arrest Webb on a charge of possession of a weapon by a prisoner.

A checklist completed by a magistrate to determine if Webb should receive bail notes that the accused faces pending charges in other courts. The magistrate also notes in the checklist that the accused “had homemade knife in jail, says was to make tattoos in jail.”

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