A Rikers Island inmate charged in a fatal knife attack aboard a Manhattan subway has been charged with allegedly stabbing a psychiatrist in the prison, prosecutors said Thursday.
Claude White, 24, is charged with attempted murder, assault and other rape after he allegedly stabbed the victim twice in the face and once in the arm with a “makeshift dagger” on July 29 at the George R. Vierno Center in Rikers the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
The clinician was interviewing another inmate when White approached him from behind and attacked him with a metal shaft, prosecutors alleged.
The victim was taken to the hospital with stab wounds and “blunt force injuries to the chest,” the prosecutor’s office said.
White, who is 1.80 meters tall, was held without bail on the murder charge for stabbing Tavon Silver on June 17.
The 319-pound homeless man allegedly attacked the 32-year-old on the 4 train as it pulled into the 14th Street-Union Square station, police said.
He is said to have rammed the knife into Silver’s heart during a drug deal gone wrong.
The row erupted after White allegedly gave Silver K2 in exchange for crack, but Silver smoked it without fulfilling his end of the bargain, according to prosecutors.
White was also charged with a bank robbery earlier this year.
He was also remanded in custody on the new charges – which include first-degree attempted assault and first-degree aiding and abetting prison smuggling and fourth-degree arms possession – and is due to appear in court again on October 12.
“This was a brutal attack on someone who helps people with mental health issues,” District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement.