BROOKLYN — Three inmates, including a man charged in a fatal Harlem shooting, were indicted for assaulting correction officers in the Brooklyn Detention Center, according to prosecutors and court records.
Koron Bailey, 30, Johnny Williams, 23, and Gilbert Marcano, 33, punched the officer in his head and body before using his pepper-spray to attack responding officers on April 19 inside the detention center, which is one block south of Brooklyn Criminal Court, the Brooklyn District Attorney said.
“Correction officers work under some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions, as this unprovoked and infuriating alleged assault demonstrates,” acting DA Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. “They must be protected and those who attack them should expect severe consequences. We will do everything in our power to vigorously prosecute those who put our dedicated correction officers in danger.”
Bailey, who is also facing first-degree murder charges in the September shooting, repeatedly punched the officer at about 12:10 p.m. while Marcano held him down, prosecutors said. Bailey then dragged the officer down a flight of stairs while Marcano followed.
Williams grabbed the officer’s pepper spray, knife and keys. When other officers approached him, he refused to hand over the weapons and sprayed two of the officers in their eyes, prosecutors added.
All three men were facing up to seven years in prison on charges including assault, attempted assault and obstructing governmental administration.
Bailey and Marcano were arraigned Monday on the new indictment charges and Williams will be arraigned “at a later date,” according to the Brooklyn DA’s office.
Information on their lawyers was not immediately available.