Twin inmate attacks at jail coincidence, says sheriff



WHITESTOWN — A felony charge of second-degree assault has been lodged against the Brooklyn man accused of attacking fellow inmate David L. Trebilcock in the county jail.

Shaun Andrews, age 25, has been arraigned and returned to lockup on $10,000 cash bail or $25,000 bond.

It was the first of two assaults on a high-profile inmate at the jail on back-to-back days last week.

Sheriff’s deputies said Trebilcock, who is awaiting trial on charges of murdering a 6-year-old Sherrill girl, was in his bunk in a mental health dormitory when Andrews started punching him in the face at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4. A corrections office was standing just outside the room and told Andrews to stop, and he did.

Trebilcock was treated for his injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford.

Trebilcock is scheduled for a Feb. 6 trial on charges of killing 6-year-old Lauren Belius in July. Andrews is scheduled to return to Whitestown Court on the new assault charges. Jail officials said Andrews had been serving time on prior assault charges.

The very next day, Jan. 5, authorities said accused cop-killer Christian M. Patterson was assaulted at the jail at about 8:30 p.m. Officials said a fight broke out between Patterson and fellow inmate Alonzo Thomas over the use of the microwave in their cell block.

Thomas has been charged with second-degree assault, authorities said. He is also scheduled to reappear in Whitestown court.

Sheriff’s officials said the two attacks were just coincidence, and that neither Trebilcock or Patterson were targeted because of their charges. Patterson is accused of shooting and killing Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt B. Wyman in June.