Accused Murderer Stabs Inmate Multiple Times at Rikers Island

An accused murderer, Phillip Moreno, allegedly stabbed another inmate multiple times at Rikers Island on Tuesday, adding to the growing list of violent incidents at the city lockup. The attack occurred around 11 a.m. while both prisoners were working in the pantry, according to police and sources familiar with the matter. Moreno, who is currently facing charges for the killing of a pregnant woman and her boyfriend in Staten Island, reportedly used a sharpened piece of metal to carry out the assault.

The victim sustained serious cuts to his neck, head, arms, and hands and was promptly transported to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment. Sources revealed that the weapon used in the attack was discovered in a toilet. Department of Corrections Commissioner Lynelle Maginley-Liddie expressed her strong stance against such acts of violence, stating, “Vicious, violent attacks on individuals in custody will not be tolerated. No one in our jails deserves to be a victim of violence.”

Disturbingly, this incident marks the 20th slashing and 13th stabbing at Rikers Island between December 20 and January 23, as per police data. A source within the jail attributed the recent surge in violence to the City Council’s ban on solitary confinement in city jails. Mayor Eric Adams, along with other law enforcement officials, had warned that such a ban would lead to more violent incidents like the stabbing that occurred on Tuesday. Despite Mayor Adams vetoing the bill, the Democrat-led council overrode the veto last week.

The source within the jail criticized Public Advocate Jumaame Williams and NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, who sponsored the bill, stating, “Inmates know they’re only going to get a four-hour time out.” Commissioner Maginley-Liddie, in her statement, announced that the Department of Corrections would seek attempted murder charges against Moreno for this senseless act.

Moreno had been incarcerated for allegedly storming into an Arlington home on May 11, 2020, and fatally shooting Ana Desousa, who was seven months pregnant, and her partner, Alafia Rodriguez. Another victim, a 43-year-old woman, was also found in the living room with a gunshot wound to the back. Police believe the incident was an attempted drug robbery gone wrong. Sources indicate that Moreno had a previous arrest in July 1992 for the murder of Theodis Watson on Staten Island. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served time in Sing Sing before being paroled in 2007.

According to court records, Moreno was scheduled to appear in Richmond Supreme Criminal Court on Wednesday in connection to the Staten Island slayings. The incident at Rikers Island adds another layer of violence to his already extensive criminal history.


Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. It is truly disheartening to hear about yet another violent incident at Rikers Island. As a concerned citizen, my personal goal is to advocate for prison reform and work towards creating a safer and more rehabilitative environment for inmates.

    One of my plans is to actively support organizations and initiatives that focus on criminal justice reform. This includes donating to and volunteering with organizations that provide support and resources to incarcerated individuals, such as educational programs or mental health services.

    Additionally, I aim to raise awareness about the issues

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