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Rikers inmates band together to rescue a female prison guard from sexual assault

According to a report from the New York Daily News, a group of inmates at Rikers Island banded together to help a female corrections officer who was being sexually assaulted by another inmate.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, a group of inmates at Rikers Island banded together to help a female corrections officer who was being sexually assaulted by another inmate.

Raleek Young, (pictured below), who is serving five to 10 years for assaulting a 13-year-old girl, managed to gain access to the “bubble-like watch post” where the victim was working by tricking another guard into letting him walk through the post into another unit. Once inside, he pulled the guard into a bathroom, choked her and sexually assaulted her.

From the NY Daily News:

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.

“The situation could have been a lot worse if it was not for the inmates’ assistance,” corrections officer union president Norman Seabrook said – which is rather heartwarming considering he hasn’t been too keen on addressing charges of brutality against Rikers inmates by prison guards.

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Rikers inmate Raleek Young (courtesy of the New York Daily News)

“I appreciate [them] helping a sister officer because that could have been their mother, wife or sister,” he added.

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.

The corrections officer who remains unidentified is being treated at a local hospital.

Watch a report from the Daily News in the video below:

(Featured image courtesy of Gawker)

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