For the fourth time this year, an inmate on Rikers Island has died in custody — apparently just two days after being sent there.
Dashawn Carter, 25, died while in custody at the Anna M. Kross Center at around 5:08 p.m. on May 7. According to the Department of Corrections, the cause of his death is unknown and under investigation.
Carter’s body was transferred to the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
The Corrections Department said Carter only entered into their custody on May 5, after he was arrested on charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree robbery.
Yet the NYPD, when contacted by amNewYork Metro, did not have any record of Carter being arrested on May 5 for such charges. The NYPD confirmed information on the state court system’s WebCrims database which notes that Carter had been previously arrested in Feb. 4, 2021 on an assault indictment, and had been held in custody since then.