Rikers Inmate Stabs Officer 15 Times In Back Of Head

(Original Caption) 12/20/74 RIKERS, ISLAND- NEW YORK CITY: The New York City Tombs closed its doors after 33 years of operation. Photo shows empty cells inside Cell Block 7.

At a glance

  • A Rikers inmate stabbed a New York City Department of Corrections officer 15 times Monday in what the DOC Commission called an “an unprovoked heinous and callous attack.”
  • Dennis Fredricks, the suspect in the stabbing, reportedly was charged in 2022 after he shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend last year.
  • The wounded corrections officer is in stable condition at a nearby hospital.


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