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Sheriff: N.Y. inmate attacked officer, stole handcuff key

Sincere A. Harrison was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree promoting prison contraband


A Cayuga County Jail inmate attacked an officer, striking him in the head several times.

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AUBURN, N.Y. — A man being held in the Cayuga County Jail on charges that include trying to grab a police officer’s gun attacked a custody officer and stole a handcuff key, the county sheriff said.

Sheriff Brian Schenck said in a news release on Tuesday that Sincere A. Harrison , 24, of Auburn , went after an officer completing his regular rounds on Oct. 24 , striking him in the head with a closed fist multiple times.

The officer was able to gain control of Harrison and lock him into his cell with the assistance of another officer. A short time later, Schenck said, it was determined that a handcuff key was missing, and a subsequent search located the key concealed in Harrison’s property.

As a result of a criminal investigation, Harrison was charged with second-degree assault and first-degree promoting prison contraband, both class D felonies.

Harrison was being held at the jail since being arrested by the Auburn Police Department on Aug. 29 for unlawful imprisonment, aggravated family offense, criminal contempt and other charges. The sheriff said that Harrison was additionally charged with second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon for trying to take an officer’s weapon during that arrest.

He was scheduled to be arraigned on the new charges at centralized arraignment on Monday and remains incarcerated at the jail.

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