Nevertheless, the night of June 13, the doors opened again.
At the time, Williams, 26, was being housed in a single-cell wing, K-81, that houses 48 “high-risk” inmates when the doors suddenly opened.
“The control panel shut down and all cell doors opened, at which time all inmates came out of their cells” one officer wrote in an internal report.
In a written statement, Williams said four inmates rushed in. Officers later identified them as Junior Pascal, Jay Stubbs, Quincy Taylor and Richard Holt.
As Williams jumped from the top tier, officers scrambled to catch the inmates as they chased Williams down to the ground level.
According to one officer, Holt was wrestled down in the shower area; a discarded homemade knife was found nearby.
Again, officers said no one pressed the button and they said the control panel lighting stopped at the moment of the malfunction.
A review of the internal computer, however, showed the cause as “operator” error, Guevara said.
“We have not been able to determine what went wrong,” Guevara said.
Police say Williams and his twin brother run the violent “New Moneii” gang, which deals dope in part of Liberty City’s Annie Coleman housing projects, known as The Rockies.
Although they have never been charged, the twins are believed to have ordered the December 2008 hit of a rival. In the shooting, one of the gunmen killed a 10-month- old baby, who was struck by a bullet while sitting in his father’s lap. Two teenage gunmen were convicted at trial of the boy’s murder.
Williams and his brother were arrested after they were accused of threatening the prosecution’s key witness who outlined how the drug operation work and the murder unfolded.
Williams had gotten into a fight with an inmate a few months ago, according to the jail. The June attack may have been payback.
The injured Williams now is at TGK’s medical unit as he recovers from his injuries.
Williams said the doors have opened suddenly at least three times in recent months, according to his lawyer.