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Accused killer beats NYC Correction officer at Rikers: sources

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. 

An injured head with stitches
A Rikers guard got unexpectedly attacked while searching for contraband Wednesday.
A bruised eye
The battered jail guard also lost 10 teeth in the attack.

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.

A prison guard standing in a room
A search for contraband reportedly sparked an attack on a Rikers guard Wednesday.
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Aerial shot of Rikers Island
A spike in attacks on guards is one among many problems bedeviling the notorious jails on Rikers Island.
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“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.

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