Four Rikers Island inmates reportedly attempted escaping prison Monday by breaking down cinderblock walls with a toilet ripped from the floor, the New York Daily News reports.
The inmates, Vernon Easley, Chris Martinez, Jeffrey Lashley, and Naquan Febres, then reportedly crawled through the holes they created, attacking an officer with bricks. According to department records, the officer ran off and called for backup.
An internal department report stated that “the inmates entered the dayroom and refused to exit.” Officials managed to avert the escape by convincing the inmates to head back in to different cells. The incident went without anyone getting injured, per acting Correction Department Commissioner Mark Cranston.
“The officers and captain on post showed remarkable professionalism and restraint and no force was necessary to deal with this incident,” Cranston said.
However, the inmates did cause an estimated $6,000 in damages.
“Those who caused it will be held accountable,” Cranston added.
It remains unknown how the officer patrolling the area was unable to hear them escape; guards are to check the cells once every 30 minutes in that particular location.