Inmate Attacks Guard for No Reason on Rikers Island, Caught on Camera
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Rikers Island inmate has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for punching a New York City Department of Correction Officer, causing extensive injury to his jaw.
Clark said, “This unprovoked assault has caused long-term damage and pain to a Correction Officer. He has a permanent plate in his jaw.
“The defendant will serve this prison time consecutive to any time he may receive on his pending homicide case. Inmates must know they will be held accountable for vicious, senseless attacks on staff.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Tariq Hargorve, (AKA Tariq Hargrove), 22, of Brooklyn, NY was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, and five years post- release supervision by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Hornstein.
Hargorve pleaded guilty to Assault on a Peace Officer and second-degree Assault on January 30, 2019.
According to the investigation, Hargorve was speaking on an inmate phone in the George Mochan Detention Center on April 11, 2017, and when he hung up, he allegedly punched Correction Officer Richy Herrera Castillo in the face for no apparent reason. Officer Castillo stumbled backwards from the blow and Hargorve left the area, continuing to yell at the officer. The incident was captured on video.
The officer was hospitalized and underwent extensive surgery. A plate was implanted in his jaw, a molar that was knocked loose by the punch had to be removed. He required physical therapy and suffered considerable pain and difficulty speaking as a result of his injuries.