Rikers Island inmates helped save a guard from being raped by another inmate. According to the New York Daily News, a female corrections officer was attacked by an inmate who managed to sneak into a “bubble-like watch post” at the Anna M. Kross Center on Saturday night. The majority of the incident was caught on security cameras and is currently under investigation.
“During the attack, [27-year-old Raleek] 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,” reports the New York Daily News exclusively.
The Rikers inmates jumped into action to save the guard as soon as they saw what was going on. They began pulling down the plexiglass that enclosed the area, and one inmate was thin enough to slip inside through a small area that had opened up. Once inside, the inmate opened the security door, and the other inmates rushed to pull Young away from the guard.
According to Sport Act, it was also stated that Young ripped off the guard’s sweater and “placed his lips on her mouth and about her face” before being torn off of her.
Young, who is serving time for the rape of a 13-year-old girl back in 2007, was not rearrested after the incident. This infuriated many who felt as though Young should have been held accountable for his actions on the spot.
“There must be accountability. 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,” said Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, this was not labeled as sexual assault, which many feel that it clearly should have been. Instead, the incident was labeled routine use of force. So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Young. If he is charged with sexual assault, he will likely remain in jail for longer than his current 5-10 year sentence.
It is presumed that the officer involved in the attack is being given some paid leave. It is also likely that the inmate will be moved to another facility.
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