Inmate fatally choked inside Rikers Island by alleged Trinitarios gang member, jail source says

NEW YORK — An inmate at Rikers Island was choked to death allegedly by another inmate on Monday, marking the first homicide inside the jail complex in a decade, a law enforcement source told PIX11 News.

The attack happened at the complex’s Anna M. Kross Center (AMKC), a 40-acre space that houses male detainees in 40 housing areas.

Multiple correction officers tried to pull Artemio Rosa off the victim but they were unsuccessful, jail sources said. By the time they successfully pulled Rosa off, it was too late for the inmate who was attacked.

Rosa is an alleged member of the Trinitarios gang, sources said. He was arrested on June 7 on suspicion of assault and criminal mischief charges.

It’s the first homicide inside Rikers since 2008.

In a statement to PIX11 News, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio Natalie Grybauskas said:

“This loss of life is a tragedy, and serious violence of this nature is incredibly troubling. An investigation is underway and we will do everything we can to get to the bottom of this heinous crime.”