Transgender Rikers inmate RAPES female inmate inmate in bathroom

Transgender Rikers inmate serving time in women’s wing of jail for assault RAPES female prisoner in a bathroom after victim finished showering

  • Ramel Blount, 33, pleaded guilty on April 7 to the sexual assault in a plea deal 
  • The 33-year-old victim, reported the incident to jail officials, and a rape kit was administered, which matched Blount’s DNA in the New York State Registry
  • Blount received a seven-year prison sentence with an additional eight years of post-release supervision
  • A full order of protection was issued, and Blount was also required to register as a sex offender
  • Riker’s Island, which is home to more than 5,000 inmates, has been plagued with escalating violence, detainee deaths and widespread staff absences
  • A transgender Rikers Island inmate with previous arrests for assault raped a female prisoner after she finished showering in the women’s section of the violence-plagued New York City facility.

    Ramel Blount, 33, who goes by the name Diamond Blount, pleaded guilty to the sexual attack in a deal on April 7, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.  

    The 33-year-old victim, whose name was not released, had just finished showering when Blount approached her from behind, held her down by the back of her neck and raped her at the Rose M. Singer center on February 8, 2021. 

    The victim reported the incident to jail officials, and a rape kit was administered, which matched Blount’s DNA in the New York State Registry. 

    Blount received a seven-year prison sentence with an additional eight years of post-release supervision. 

    Transgender inmate Ramel Blount raped a female prisoner in the shower of the women's facility at Rikers

    Transgender inmate Ramel Blount raped a female prisoner in the shower of the women’s facility at Rikers

    A photo of the outside or Rikers Island. The jai that houses 5,000 inmates has been plagued with escalating violence, detainee deaths, and widespread staff absences

    A photo of the outside or Rikers Island. The jai that houses 5,000 inmates has been plagued with escalating violence, detainee deaths, and widespread staff absences 

    ‘Sexual violence against anyone is unacceptable,’ Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement.

    Officials did not say why Blount was being housed in the female section of the facility after being arrested for a misdemeanor assault in 2018, according to reports.

    Published reports also show Blount was arrested for another assault near a gay bar in Greenwich Village in 2012.  

    Along with the prison sentence from the most recent plea deal, Blount was also required to register as a sex offender. A full order of protection was also issued.

    Blount was back in Rikers after violating parole following convictions in 2018 on second-degree robbery, second-degree attempted robbery, and misdemeanor assault, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office.

    Rikers Island, which houses more than 5,000 inmates, has been plagued with escalating violence, detainee deaths and widespread staff absences.

    When city officials toured the Rikers facility they described it as 'filthy and inhumane, with  overflowing toilets and floors covered in dead cockroaches, feces and rotting food

    When city officials toured the Rikers facility they described it as ‘filthy and inhumane, with  overflowing toilets and floors covered in dead cockroaches, feces and rotting food

    Last week Mayor Eric Adams pleaded with New Yorkers on helping him to fix the troubled prison. ‘Give me a chance. We have witnessed how others have failed, now give me a chance. Let’s work together,’ he said in part.

    His appeal came a day after Manhattan US Attorney, Damian Williams, made the threat in a letter to a federal judge requesting the Department of Correction be taken over by an independent body if the agency doesn’t improve conditions at the city-run jail, The New York Post reported

    Earlier this year, Adams had appointed Louis Molina, as the new Department of Correction’s Commissioner to help fix the beleaguered jail complex. 

    Molina, who has only been in his position for a few months, described the crisis taking place at Riker’s as a ‘systemic failure,’ CBS News reported.  

    The floors at Rikers Island (pictured) are rumored to be covered in rotting trash and debris

    The floors at Rikers Island (pictured) are rumored to be covered in rotting trash and debris

     “It was it was glaringly obvious to me. Something as simple as search operations were not being conducted by the prior administration. And we’ve ramped that up to address issues like contraband weapons that are in the facility,” Molina said.

    More than 1,000 weapons have been recovered since the start of his tenure, the DOC said.

    In 2021, sixteen people have died in DOC custody, the numbers are higher compared to 2019 and 2020 combined, and the most fatalities since 2016. 

    The DOC has reported three deaths so far, this year.