ALBANY, N.Y. – A 15-year veteran of the Albany County Sheriff's Office
has been arrested after an assault against an inmate incarcerated at the Albany
County Correctional Facility on March 6.
The Albany County Sheriff's Office report alleges on March 6, while
on-duty Correction Officer Craig S. Strizzi conspired with two inmates, Matthew
J. Chan, 34 and Lauterio Santos, 46 to assault a third inmate.
The victim, who was housed with special restrictions, was out of his
cell for recreation while the rest of the inmates on the tier were locked in
their cells during their normal lock in times.
As the victim exited the recreation yard, Officer Strizzi grabbed the
victim pushed him up against a wall holding him against the wall as Cahn and
Lauterio ran over and began punching the victim about the head and body while
Officer Strizzi is alleged to have punched the victim about the body.
After the incident, it is alleged Strizzi filed reports stating the
victim threw a punch at him which precipitated the incident and he was forced
to defend himself as the other two inmates, Chan and Santos who were “tier
runners” came to his aide.
Strizzi was arrested Friday and charged with the following:
- Unlawful Imprisonment in the 1st-Degree, a class E Felony
- Offering a False Written Instrument for Filing in the 1st-Degree,
a class E Felony
- Assault in the 3rd-Degree, a class A Misdemeanor
- Criminal Facilitation in the 4th-Degree, a class A Misdemeanor
- Conspiracy in the 5th-Degree, a class A Misdemeanor
- Making a Punishable False Written Statement, a class A Misdemeanor
- Official Misconduct, a class A Misdemeanor
Strizzi has been suspended without pay by Sheriff Craig D. Apple and
arraigned before in the Colonie Justice Court, and released on $7500.
Criminal charges will be filed against Matthew Cahn and Lauterio
Santos early next week. Both are serving
out sentences at the Albany County Correctional Facility on unrelated