Inmate arraigned day after slashing guard in courthouse




The hulking inmate accused of slashing a correction officer with a hidden blade was back in court on Wednesday.


James Casey, already being sentenced to five years in prison for three violent Manhattan robberies, attacked the officer as he tried to put restraint mitts on him inside the Manhattan criminal courthouse downtown a day earlier, prosecutors said.


The officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where doctors stitched up his neck.


Casey, 20, was charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, officials said. He was held without bail after being arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday afternoon.

Inmate slashes city jail guard with razor hidden in pen at court


Just prior to the alleged attack, Casey was in the holding pen of the court, being prepared for removal to his housing facility at the Vernon C. Bain Center, according to Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.


Casey had stashed a 1.5-inch razor inside a pen cap.


“This is the problem. The metal detectors that they have here don’t detect the weapons the inmates are using,” Husamudeen said.


Over 150 corrections officers packed the courtroom, filling the benches and aisles, leaving a narrow pathway from the doors of the court.


Defense attorney Alexandra Bonacarti did not ask for bail for Casey, but did ask for something to eat.


“I would just like to make a record despite the seriousness…I have been informed he has not been given food and water since yesterday,” she said.


The crowd of correction officers hissed and gasped with derision, a few waving their arms in a dismissive manner.


“I am just asking that my client gets food, water, and medical treatment.” Bonacarti continued, which was ordered by the judge.


Casey is due back in court on Monday.

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