Accused Killer Charged With Assaulting Another Corrections Officer

Sergeant injured as Eric Lau was being returned to the jail from a court appearance.

Eric Lau, accused in the murder of a teacher from Valley Cottage, is accused of injuring a corrections officer in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City today.

The Rockland County Sheriff's Department said Lau was in the process of being returned to his cell at the jail after an appearance in Rockland County Court in New City when he grabbed a hand of a corrections sergeant and slammed it into a cell door opening.

The sergeant suffered a severe laceration and was sent to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern to receive numerous stitches. The Sheriff's Department said Lau will be charged additionally with second-degree assault.

Lau, 33, of Valley Cottage, is on "administrative segregation" at the jail as a result of an incident in January 2010, when Lau was accused of attacking a corrections officer.

Under the Administrative Segregation, a sergeant or higher ranking jail officer must be present at all times when the inmate is moved and that handcuffs must be put on or removed through the cell doors.

The Sheriff's Department said that after returning from his County Court appearance today, Lau was asked to place his hands through an opening in the cell door so that his handcuffs could be removed. That's when the latest incident took place.

Lau is accused of killing Robert P. Connor Elementary School gym teacher Jami Erlich, 32, who lived in the same Valley Cottage condo complex as he did at the time of the 2009 killing. Erlich, who was also well-known as a runner at Rockland Lake State Park, was beaten and stabbed to death.

Trisha September 27, 2011 at 10:31 AM
He is a psychotic monster!
George C September 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Another reason to have video conference added so these criminals don't need to be transported out of the jail.
Mary P September 28, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Where are all the prisoner advocates hiding now? Come on out and comment on this animal! This scum of the earth should NEVER leave that cage!! Period. End of story! He gets clean clothes, exercise, food in his stomach, and I'm sure, somewhere in the near future, he'll "find God" (I never knew he was missing) all on our dime. Now I'm not a betting person, but I would think it's safe to say this officer got stitched up, brushed up a bit, and headed back to work knowing full well it could happen again in a split second....where's their advocates? It's time to wake up!


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