Chaos afflicts Rikers Island in New York, a machete and knives have been found
An inmate was left gashed and covered in blood in an attack at Rikers Island, as violence continues to plague the notorious prison complex, The Post has learned.
The inmate, who is in his 30s and a member of the Bloods gang, was allegedly attacked by two rival gang members, Raheem Patterson and Khallid Garris, Thursday afternoon at the George R. Vierno Center, according to internal records.
When a corrections officer intervened and deployed pepper spray to break up the fracas, Garris, who is being held for murder, rushed to his cell, where staff found a large pocket knife hidden in a jar of peanut butter, according to the records.
The Department of Corrections said the injured inmate was taken to hospital and they are seeking to re-arrest the suspects involved.
On Monday, an apparent machete that the DOC described as a “kitchen knife” was found in a janitor’s closet during a “special search” of Otis Bantum Correctional Facility.
Prison sources say such weapons are “unprecedented in the prison.”
“Everyone seems to be getting bolder. The cut was made with a real knife. This is unheard of in prisons,” the veteran source said, referring to the makeshift weapons that are typically used to commit acts of violence in the prison.
“Never in my career have I seen anything like this. We don’t know how they get into the building…someone is going to get killed.
An image that shows three smiling inmates inside an OBCC cell shows one of them holding the machete, but the inmate holding the weapon was released in January, sources said.
“It’s unclear how long he’s been in the building,” the source said.
Last week, more than 50 scalpel blades were found wrapped in black electrical tape behind a toilet in the bathroom of male visitors, records show.
When Mayor Eric Adams took office and appointed Commissioner Louis Molina to head the Department of Correction, he promised to bring safety and order to Rikers Island, but prison sources say the chaos and violence still rages.
For months, the prison has been embroiled in a crisis that has left inmates without essential services, such as medical care, and inmates and staff at risk.
The DOC said more than 1,000 weapons were recovered after Molina stepped up search operations again early in his tenure.
“We will not tolerate any form of violence in our prisons, and anyone who harms others in our facilities will be held accountable,” Molina said in a statement.
“The contraband findings are the reason I began ordering increased tactical and special search operations soon after I arrived here. For too long basic good correctional practices like searches have been ignored in our jails.