A curious item in the Daily News today details how nine corrections officers were hurt trying to stop the Incredible Hulk an inmate from escaping a room at Rikers Island yesterday. Nine! Daniel Sanchez, 24, who had been charged with murder in the first degree and was caught tampering yesterday with a window in his cell, managed to slip out during a fingerprinting procedure in an office around 6:30 p.m. He was apprehended, but only after three captains and six officers were injured. How did that happen?
According to NYC Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sharman Stein, the extent of the injuries aren’t yet clear, though the officers were seen at the hospital. She clarified that the inmate wasn’t in a jail itself when this happened, but in a free-standing trailer outside the big jails on Rikers Island; he had been re-arrested for the window tampering and was being re-booked. He managed to get outside the trailer and the officers in the vicinity responded.
Update 1:02 p.m.: Sharman Stein got back to us with the DOC’s official account:
The inmate, accused murderer Daniel Sanchez, was being fingerprinted at about 6:30PM Wednesday in a DOC trailer-based office near the jail where he was housed (The George Motchan Detention Center). Sanchez was being fingerprinted because he was being re-arrested after having been found earlier Wednesday to have tampered with the window in his cell. While he was being fingerprinted, he bolted out of the door. Officers in the trailer gave chase, joined by officers from the Rikers Island Security unit, which patrols the outside of all the buildings and the perimeter of the Island. The inmate fled down an embankment near the trailer with officers immediately in pursuit. The inmate violently resisted arrest, and in the struggle under dark, wet and muddy conditions, officers were injured as they worked to control and apprehend the inmate. He was apprehended within approximately seven minutes, but officers did suffer injuries including fractured ribs (after being kicked by the inmate), a knee injury and a torn tendon in the arm. The rest of the injuries were minor.