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Former Rikers Island inmate accused of sneaking out of his cell, slashing correction officer

Posted: 5:44 PM, Feb 05, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-05 18:56:55-05
Rikers Island

BRONX — A former Rikers Island inmate was indicted on charges he sneaked out of his cell and slashed a correction officer, officials said Wednesday.

Gerren Delvin, 34, allegedly manipulated his cell door so he could get out after lock-in, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. The correction officer was taking a count of the inmates on Jan. 9 when he was attacked.

“The defendant allegedly sneaked out of his cell after lock-in time, grabbed the officer by the neck and slashed him with a sharp object, causing cuts to the officer’s neck, ear and two fingers," Clark said. "Such unprovoked brutality against someone performing their job will not be tolerated.”

Delvin, who's currently serving a prison sentence for firearms trafficking, allegedly chased the correction officer through the Anna M. Kross Center at Rikers Island.

He was arraigned Wednesday and is due back in court on April 29. He's charged with assault, attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, attempted assault, obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a weapon and promoting prison contraband.

Correction Officers' Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen said has has "a very simple message" for inmates accused of assault.

"Tou will be indicted and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and you will do more time," he said in an emailed statement.