ALBANY, N.Y. – A 15-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff's Office has been arrested after an assault against an inmate incarcerated at the Albany County Correctional Facility on March 6.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office report alleges on March 6, while on-duty Correction Officer Craig S. Strizzi conspired with two inmates, Matthew J. Chan, 34 and Lauterio Santos, 46 to assault a third inmate.
The victim, who was housed with special restrictions, was out of his cell for recreation while the rest of the inmates on the tier were locked in their cells during their normal lock in times. As the victim exited the recreation yard, Officer Strizzi grabbed the victim pushed him up against a wall holding him against the wall as Cahn and Lauterio ran over and began punching the victim about the head and body while Officer Strizzi is alleged to have punched the victim about the body.
After the incident, it is alleged Strizzi filed reports stating the victim threw a punch at him which precipitated the incident and he was forced to defend himself as the other two inmates, Chan and Santos who were "tier runners" came to his aide.
Strizzi was arrested Friday and charged with the following:
Strizzi has been suspended without pay by Sheriff Craig D. Apple and arraigned before in the Colonie Justice Court, and released on $7500.
Criminal charges will be filed against Matthew Cahn and Lauterio Santos early next week. Both are serving out sentences at the Albany County Correctional Facility on unrelated charges.