While guards were away, an inmate at Rikers Island quickly stole a Department of Correction (DOC) bus, which he promptly slammed into a wall.
The event took place at the Anna M. Kross Center around 10:30 p.m. According to NBC New York, officers left a number of inmates on a bus to get paperwork at about 8:20 p.m., and one of the inmates jumped into the driver’s seat and began driving.
Rikers Island sources reported Abubakar Sanuwo, 29, was one of at least six prisoners left alone in the bus at about 8:30 p.m. when he leaped into the driver’s seat and drove it into a wall at the Anna M. Kross Center, which holds male inmates at the troubled jail complex, according to the New York Post.
Sanuwo was already facing charges of burglary and robbery and was reportedly frontcuffed. Among the other passengers were members of the Bloods and Crips gangs.
It is unclear how far the inmate drove, but sources claim he crashed the bus into a wall. The crash injured him and several other inmates, as well as two officers.
“We take this incident very seriously and are working with the Bronx DA to have the individual re-arrested,” said DOC spokesman Jason Kersten.
Insiders say staffing concerns at Rikers have sparked a dangerous situation leading to an uptick in inmate violence, fatal ODs, and even prisoners sharing TikTok videos of them partying in a cell.
A new rule gives the DOC the authority to impose unpaid suspensions of up to 30 days for officers who are absent without leave.