Ithaca, N.Y. — A man was charged with assault Friday after attacking three corrections officers in the Tompkins County Jail earlier this month, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.

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All three corrections officers were treated at the Cayuga Medical Center but have since been released.

Roshane D. Henry, 24, of the Bronx, is now accused of assaulting the corrections officers inside the jail on March 15, the statement from the sheriff says.

Henry, who had been in jail on drug charges, now faces three new charges for second-degree assault, a felony.

Law enforcement did not give many details about the incident. The sheriff’s office statement said after being sent to jail, Henry “became combative with correction officers, fighting with correction officers by kicking and punching.”

“As a result of the incident, three correction officers were injured and were taken to Cayuga Medical Center for medical treatment,” the statement said.

“All three correction officers were treated and released. No additional information will be released in regards to injuries or names.”

In February, Henry was accused of possessing 250 bags of heroin after his vehicle was stopped by a Cornell police officer in Ithaca’s Collegetown.

At around 4:18 p.m., a Cornell police officer on a routine patrol stopped to check a vehicle in a Cornell parking lot in the 400 block of Stewart Avenue.

“Upon further investigation the officer discovered a hypodermic needle on the floor of the vehicle and determined one of the occupants was wanted out of Florida for non-extraditable drug warrants,” the news release says.

“One of the occupants was also found to possess approximately 250 individual bags of heroin, with an estimated street value of at approximately $4,000.”

A follow-up investigation by Cornell police and U.S. Customs and Borders Protection found that Henry “entered the United States in 2004 but has remained illegally and could face deportation back to Jamaica,” according to the news release.

Henry is now in jail with no bail. He was arraigned in front of Judge Banfield in Lansing Town Court on Friday.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.