BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) --  The Arizona Department of Corrections has just released the video of a violent and intense hostage drama inside the library of a Buckeye prison.

The disturbing encounter between an inmate and the prison librarian happened in December of 2018.

Officials say the inmate, later identified as Timothy Monk, took the worker hostage "in an apparent demand to leave the complex."

In the first moments of video, you can see the two men walk into the library. Monk makes sure the door is shut behind them. Then, suddenly, he grabs the employee roughly around the neck from behind, and wrestles him to the ground.

Monk was reportedly holding an improvised blade against the librarian's neck. Officials called it a "prison-made blade-type weapon."

You can then see Monk dragging the other man backward across the floor.

Monk yells out, "[Expletive] with me, I'll show you how bad I am!"

"Why do I gotta do this?" you can hear him demanding next.

"You shouldn't," responds a voice off-camera. "It shouldn't have came [sic] to this."

Over the next few moments, Monk appears to feel ill, bending over and wiping off his forehead.

You can hear officials outside the room quietly planning a way to take control of the situation.

The tense stand-off continued for two hours.

But then, tactical teams decided it was time to make a move.

"Tell them to get ready," you can hear in an off-camera whisper. "Tell Team One to get ready."

Moments later, a team of heavily armed corrections officers stormed the library with a stun grenade, pepperballs and bean bags.

"Personnel deployed a diversionary device into the library and used less-than-lethal force on the inmate, while our team successfully secured the safety of our employee," read a statement from ADC.

Officers were able to subdue the inmate and take him back into custody.

The prison employee was not hurt.

Monk is currently serving 97 years in prison.

He came to ADC in 1988 when he was sentenced out of Maricopa County for armed robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping. He was later convicted out of Pima County in 2006 for aggravated assault, kidnapping, promoting prison contraband and sexual assault while incarcerated at the Tucson prison complex.

Monk will face new charges for what ADC calls "his reprehensible criminal actions."


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