ROME – Three correction officers were recently assaulted in two separate incidents at Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome, according to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
NYSCOPBA officials say around 12:10 a.m. July 28, three officers and a supervisor at the medium-security prison entered an inmate’s room to remove papers that he put on his windows to obstruct visibility, and the inmate picked up a styrofoam cup from the floor and threw it at the officers. The liquid in the cup struck three officers, one of whom was struck in the face with the liquid.
The inmate then moved toward the officers in a threatening manner with a pen, according to NYSCOPBA. The officers then secured the door with the inmate inside the room, and a short time later the inmate complied with orders and left the room without further incident.
The 33-year-old inmate, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence after being convicted of first-degree robbery in 2010, was placed in a special housing unit pending a disciplinary hearing.
Around 1:11 p.m. July 31, an inmate who was going into the recreation yard refused to submit to a random pat frisk for contraband, according to NYSCOPBA. The officer gave the inmate a second order and he refused, and the inmate then punched the officer in the left eye.
A second officer came to help and was then struck in the face as well. NYSCOPBA says the inmate was ordered to stop the attack and refused, and the two officers, with the help of a third, got the inmate under control using body holds.
The 33-year-old inmate was then placed in a special housing unit. He’s currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for a 2003 conviction of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
NYSCOPBA says the three officers were treated at the facility by medical personnel and they remained on duty. They sustained minor bruising and abrasions in the attack.