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.
“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: