Two inmates indicted in beating of Westchester jail corrections officer

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WHITE PLAINS – Two Westchester County Jail inmates have been indicted on charges that they beat a county corrections officer while on duty on April 27.
Ishmael Ben Reuben of Mount Vernon and Carlos Yarborough of Yonkers have been charged with two counts of felony assault.  If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison on each count, said District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr.
The incident took place at the county jail at about 9:40 p.m. on April 27 as the inmates were being directed back to their cells for the night.
The indictment alleges the two lingered in the hallway between the day room and their cell block, ignoring orders of the officer and verbally threatening him. The incident escalated and both Reuben and Yarborough violently attacked the officer, punching him repeatedly in the head and chest. The officer fell to the ground where the inmates kicked him and stomped on his head, fracturing his nose and causing other injury.
The 42-year-old officer has worked at the county Department of Correction since September 2017 and has not returned to work.
Reuben was incarcerated pending sentence after pleading guilty to charges of attempted robbery and assault, both as violent felonies. Yarborough was incarcerated pending sentencing after pleading guilty to charges of assault and robbery, both as violent felonies.