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Rikers Island mental health clinician stabbed by accused NYC subway killer

The mental health clinician was stabbed in the face and arm; he was taken to the hospital where he needed stiches


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By Graham Rayman
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — A mental health clinician working on Rikers Island was stabbed in the face and arm by a detainee accused of stabbing a man to death on a Manhattan subway train, the Daily News has learned.

The clinician was attacked in a clinic in the jail’s George R. Vierno Center on Saturday, according to multiple sources.

He was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital where he needed stitches for his wounds, Correction Department sources said.

The 6-foot-3 319-pound Claude White was taken to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation after the attack. A weapon was found at the scene, the sources said.

White has been charged with attacking the clinician but the specific charges were not immediately known.

White was arrested June 19 for the murder of Tavon Silver, 32, two days earlier on a Brooklyn-bound 4 train about 4 a.m.

A straphanger came across Silver bleeding heavily from a chest wound and falling in and out of consciousness between 23rd St. and Union Square.

At Union Square, the straphanger notified the train conductor who called 911. Medics took Silver to Bellevue Hospital where he died.

At his arrest, White was also charged with a robbery earlier in June. He had at least seven prior arrests for robbery, assault, and grand larceny going back to 2010.

A judge ordered him held without bail. White’s next court date in the murder case is Aug. 3

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