Exclusive: Rikers Island Inmates Saves Guard From Rape
A group of inmates rescued a female correction officer who was nearly raped by a hulking prisoner inside a locked vestibule on Rikers Island Saturday night, The Daily News has learned.
The inmates helped responding correction officers frantically tear away Plexiglas on the outside of the bubble-like watch post inside the Anna M. Kross Center at 8:15 p.m., according to multiple sources.
A skinny inmate slipped inside the so-called “A station” bubble through the small crack and opened the security door. A team of inmates then took down the assailant, Raleek Young, 27, until other officers arrived.
During the attack, Young, who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 290 pounds, pulled down his pants and began masturbating while choking the officer, court records show.
He dragged the officer into an adjacent bathroom and blocked her from opening the security door.
“The matter is under investigation,” said Correction Department spokeswoman Eve Kessler.
The majority of the attack was caught on video, a source who watched the tape said.
Young was able to get inside the bubble area after he claimed he needed to pick up a mattress in another unit and had to pass through the watch post.
He's serving a five-to-10-year sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl in 2007, court records show.
Initially, jail brass labeled the attack a routine “use of force” incident, records show.
That infuriated officers at the facility, who demanded it be labeled a sexual assault.
On Sunday, officers at the facility refused to go to their posts at the start of the 3 p.m. shift, sources said.
Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook came to the jail and persuaded his members to go back to work after he promised to take up their cause, sources said.
The majority of the attack was on video, a source who watched the tape said. The attacked officer was treated at the hospital after the attack.
The union president is furious Young wasn’t instantly rearrested and hit with added charges. He claims staff at the Bronx district attorney’s office insisted the matter would be handled after the weekend was over.
“There must be accountability,” Seabrook fumed Monday. “Officers are assaulted every day, and (Bronx DA Robert Johnson) has the audacity to say, ‘Not today, bring him back at another time.’ I will not tolerate it. I will not stand for it.”
Young was arraigned Monday in Bronx Criminal Court. He is facing a slew of new charges, including: attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and assault and harassment.
The criminal complaint says Young ripped off the correction officer’s sweater and “placed his lips on her mouth and about her face.”
She was treated at a hospital after the attack.
The situation could have been a lot worse if it was not for the inmates’ assistance, Seabrook admitted.
“I appreciate (them) helping a sister officer because that could have been their mother, wife or sister,” Seabrook said, noting 90% of the inmates “are there to do their time and go home.”