Career criminal slashes NYC correction officer, captain in Thanksgiving scuffle

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By Tina Moore and Amanda Woods

A career criminal gangbanger with 70 prior busts slashed a correction officer in the arm and stabbed a captain in the knee at the Manhattan Detention Complex on Thanksgiving Day, union officials said Friday.

The inmate, identified by a Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association spokesman as Franklyn Dominguez, a member of the Latin Kings, was already fighting with two Correction captains — and waving a sharpened piece of metal — when the officer got out of an elevator at the Lower Manhattan facility and walked right into the fracas in the vestibule.

“He was yelling that he should have gone home yesterday, why was he still here?” the officer, who declined to give his name, told the Post.

Dominguez allegedly refused to drop the weapon — so the officers administered pepper spray.

But he began to swing the piece of metal even more violently, slashing the officer in the arm, according to the spokesman.

The officers used pepper spray again — at which time the inmate slid to the floor, stabbing the female captain on the knee with the weapon, sources said.

The officer, 35, who has been with the department for three years, needed 10 stitches for his injury, and said he needs to take some time off work to recover.

“I’m in a little bit of pain,” he said Friday. “I can’t move my arm the way I usually do.”

The captain also required stitches, according to the COBA spokesman.

Both Correction employees have since been treated and released from the hospital.

Dominguez, who has been arrested 70 times, was in custody on a criminal contempt charge, for violation of an order of protection — and has been involved in a fight with another inmate in the past, the spokesman said.

He has also been involved in 84 domestic incidents, the spokesman said.

In the past, the inmate had caused problems in his housing area and needed to be moved to a different section of the facility, according to the officer.

The incident comes about a month after a female correction officer was stabbed in the hand by a gang member inmate in a Rikers Island jail, according to the union.

“An officer and a captain were escorting a detainee to a housing area at the Manhattan Detention Complex when the detainee assaulted them,” City Correction Department spokesman Jason Kersten said in a statement Friday. “The safety and well-being of our personnel is of utmost importance and we do not tolerate attacks on staff, who work to ensure that our facilities are safe. This incident is under investigation.”

Correction officials are investigating and pursuing the inmate’s re-arrest.

Slashings and stabbings involving inmates are up 16 percent this year, the union said.

“While this carnage is unfolding, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is pushing legislation that would eliminate punitive segregation completely and threaten the lives of everyone in our jails,” COBA President Benny Boscio Jr. said in a statement, calling the legislation “as great a threat to our officers as the inmates who are assaulting us with impunity.”