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Naked Rikers Island inmate sexually assaults correction officer, union officials say

Posted: 3:25 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 18:01:17-04

RIKERS — An inmate at a Rikers Island jail facility sexually assaulted a correction officer on Saturday night, union officials said.

Antonio Rich, who has a warrant out for attempted rape, ran into an Otis Bantum Correctional Center housing area while totally naked and tried to pull the pants off of a female correction officer, Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association officials said.

“Fortunately, two other COs were able to intercede and pull the assailant off, saving her from being raped and possibly killed,” COBA President Elias Husamudeen said.

All three officers were treated at a local hospital.

Rich is currently at Rikers on an assault charge following a May arrest.

This is the second sexual assault on a female correction officer in the last two months, Husamudeen said. The COBA president said the Department of Correction should tell officers more about the backgrounds of inmates “so they can take added precautions.”

The DOC is pursing a re-arrest of Rich, DOC Press Secretary Jason Kersten said

“The safety and security of our correction officers is a top priority,” Kersten said. “Thankfully, other officers were present and able to intervene in this incident and prevent any serious injuries. We have zero tolerance for violent behavior towards our officers and civilian staff and we are pursuing re-arrest of the detainee with the Bronx District Attorney.”