Accused killer slams NYC Correction Officer at Rikers: sources

An accused killer punched a New York City correctional officer on Rikers Island this week and knocked out 10 of his teeth, law enforcement sources have revealed.

The officer was looking for contraband just after 3pm on Wednesday when 23-year-old Julius Allen allegedly began punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground, the sources said.

According to the sources, two prison guards managed to restrain Allen and stop the senseless attack – but not before knocking out 10 of the officer’s teeth.

Photos obtained by the Post show a large wound on the officer’s head that was treated with stitches and an injured eye.

An injured head with stitches
A Rikers guard was unexpectedly attacked on Wednesday while searching for contraband.
An injured eye
The ailing jailer also lost 10 teeth in the attack.

Allen was arrested on February 27 in connection with a murder in Brooklyn, online records show.

Police said at the time he shot a 26-year-old man, Anthony Ponce, in the head and torso on November 2 in the fifth-floor hallway of a building on Shore Parkway near East 102nd Street in Canarsie.

He was being held without bail, with his next court date scheduled for February 2023, records show.

It is unclear if he was charged with the alleged assault on the jailer.

A prison guard stands in a room
A search for contraband reportedly sparked an attack on a Rikers station on Wednesday.
Aerial view of Rikers Island
A spike in attacks on guards is one of many problems plaguing Rikers Island’s notorious prisons.

“This heinous, unprovoked attack on our officer who was simply doing his job comes at a time when over 1,200 officers have been attacked,” Benny Boscio, president of the Benevolent Association of Correction Officers, said in a statement.

The city’s Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Accused killer slams NYC Correction Officer at Rikers: sources


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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