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Albany County jail guard charged in inmate assault

Albany County jail guard charged in inmate assault

A corrections officer at the Albany County jail was arrested Friday, accused of coordinating the ass

A corrections officer at the Albany County jail was arrested Friday, accused of coordinating the assault of an inmate earlier in the week.

Albany County sheriff's deputies said Craig S. Strizzi, a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, conspired with two other inmates, Matthew J. Chan, 34, and Lauterio Santos, 46, to assault the victim Wednesday.

The victim was being housed with special restrictions and was out of his cell for recreation while the rest of the inmates on the tier were locked in their cells, deputies said. As the victim exited the recreation yard, deputies said, Strizzi grabbed the victim, pushed him against a wall and held him there as Cahn and Lauterio ran over and the three began punching the victim in the head and body.

After the incident, deputies said Strizzi filed reports claiming the victim threw a punch at him and he was forced to defend himself, while Chan and Santos came to his aid.

Strizzi was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree offering a false written instrument for filing, both felonies, and misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal facilitation, fifth-degree conspiracy, making a punishable false written statement and official misconduct.

Strizzi was suspended without pay by Sheriff Craig Apple and arraigned in Colonie Town Court, where he was released after posting $7,500 bail.

Deputies said criminal charges will be filed next week against Cahn and Santos early next week.

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