An inmate who tried to rape a NYPD officer inside a Brooklyn courthouse on Friday was thwarted by another defendant, according to police sources.
Jeriah Bamugo, 26, was being taken before a judge for arraignment for groping and assault charges, when he attacked the woman. He had been caught twice this week.
The officer tried to transport Bamugo and another inmate from a holding cell into a courtroom at the Schemerhorn Street courthouse at approximately 11.20am, the New York Post reports.
The suspect then allegedly grabbed the officer’s neck, pinned her to a wall and snarled ‘I’m going to have sex with you.’ He is also said to have ripped off the woman’s belt while clawing at her pants.
The officer tried to transport Jeriah Bamugo and another inmate from a holding cell into a courtroom at the Schemerhorn Street courthouse, when Bamugo attacked her
The pair fell to the floor but the other inmate quickly stepped in and pushed Bamugo off the woman. Her partner rushed in from the outside area to help the officer.
‘She was trying to transport him between cells,’ a source with law enforcement said. ‘And he threw her to the floor and tried to sexually assault her. Thankfully, he was unsuccessful. Another inmate saved her.’
Another source stated: ‘Officers responded within 30 seconds. I saw one guy sprint back into the cells. The inmates immediately started screaming.’
The officer has not been identified but has been placed on modified duty. She did not have a gun her at the time of the assault
‘She’s a little shaken up but thankfully she’s OK,’ a source added.
The woman was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Bamugo had been twice arrested this week.
He was charged with stalking and harassment on Monday but was released on his own recognizance.
The man was detained again on Thursday after he allegedly grabbed a 52-year-old woman’s breast at 2.30pm in East Flatbush.
Before fleeing the scene, he is said to have punched the woman in the shoulder.
He was charged with forcible touching and assault as a result.
Bamugo is expected to be charged with attempted rape of an officer, according to police.