An accused murderer beat a New York City Correction officer – knocking out 10 of his teeth – on Rikers Island this week, according to law enforcement sources.
The officer was searching for contraband just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when Julius Allen, 23, allegedly started pummeling him in the face, knocking him down to the floor, the sources said.
Two jail guards managed to restrain Allen and stop the senseless attack, according to the sources — but not before 10 of the officer’s teeth were knocked out.
Photos obtained by The Post show a large wound on the officer’s head, which was treated with stitches, and a bruised eye.
Allen was arrested on Feb. 27 in connection to a murder in Brooklyn, online records show.
Police said at the time that he shot a 26-year-old man, Anthony Ponce, in the head and torso in the fifth-floor hallway of a building on Shore Parkway near East 102nd Street in Canarsie on Nov. 2.
He was ordered held without bail, with his next court date scheduled for February of 2023, records show.
It’s unclear if he has been charged in the alleged attack on the jail guard.
“This heinous, unprovoked attack on our officer who was simply doing his job comes at time when over 1,200 officers have been assaulted,” Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, said in a statement.
The city Department of Correction did not immediately respond to a request for comment.