ALBANY, N.Y. - An inmate hospitalized at Albany Medical Center is facing charges after he allegedly punched a Sergeant several times in the head while in his hospital room after attempting to attack a nurse.
The New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) reports that 56-year-old Anthony Smith, who is currently serving a life sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility, became hospitalized at Albany Med last week after intentionally swallowing some type of object.
James Miller, the Director of Public Relations for NYSCOPBA, says Smith was being treated in his room by a hospital nurse when he became argumentative with her and very aggressive. He was instructed several times by the Sergeant, who was in the room with two other officers, to calm down.
As the incident escalated, Smith who wasn't restrained in the room, jumped up from his bed towards the nurse in a very aggressive manner. That is when the Sergeant moved to get in between the inmate and the nurse and Smith struck him several times in the head with a closed fist.
After being struck the Sergeant was able to restrain Smith, get him on the bed and with the assistance of the other two officers, get restraints on his wrists and leg irons on his ankles. However, Smith continued to kick and struggle during the incident.
Miller reports that since Smith was incarcerated in 1995, he has 18 recorded incidents in which he attacked staff, seven in which he attacked fellow inmates and one in which he attacked civilian staff.
The Sergeant was treated in the emergency room for lacerations to the left side of his head and behind his left ear and scratches to his forehead. He continued to stay on duty after the incident. The nurse and other two officers were uninjured.
Smith is still hospitalized at Albany Medical Center.
Criminal charges for the assault are pending.