An inmate at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus allegedly stabbed two correctional officers with a ballpoint pen Tuesday after a thwarted suicide attempt.

The inmate, 33-year-old New York City native Carlos Abreu, has been in prison since 1999 for rape, attempted rape and assault.

According to a press release from the New York State Correctional Officers Benevolent Association, staff at Five Points found Abreu attempting to commit suicide and took him to the infirmary.

There, Abreu feigned unconsciousness until his restraints were removed for an X-ray. He then attacked the officers, allegedly stabbing one twice in the hand and another once in the leg, according to the press release.

He also allegedly attempted to attack two other people before being restrained.

The two officers were taken to an outside hospital and treated for puncture wounds, according to a Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokeswoman. They have been taken off active duty.

Abreu has amassed 66 disciplinary infractions in 12 years, according to DOCCS, and faces another nine for the attack: two counts each of assault of staff, violent conduct and refusing a direct order and one count each of possessing a weapon, creating a disturbance and interference.

He is now being held in the Five Points Residential Mental Health Unit. A DOCCS investigation is underway and spokesman Peter Cutler said the case may be referred to the state district attorney's office.

Union representatives said the incident was part of a "significant rise in violence over the years," a result of staffing cuts and prison closures throughout the state.

Cutler disputed that claim, saying the number of violent offenders and the number of inmate assaults on staff have dropped in the last several years.

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This is serious! This has been going on all over the state, Governor Cuomo, is closing facilities as he said he would and he is filling up those he chooses to remain open, thus creating an unsafe working condition for all staff. In 1981 Donna Payant was killed by a rapist and murder. I don't want to see that ever happen again. I had a conversation with a CO the other day and he told me that things are real bad at ACF, the number of (UI's unusual incidents has more than quadruple from the normal amount they receive each month. There is a gang problem at Auburn, they are fighting each other with razor blades, and any thing else that can be made into a weapon. assualts on staff has increased dramaticly, as has the number of assualts of inmate upon inmate. This needs to be addressed immediately. Senator Nozzolio is the only person they can turn to for help in rectifying this problem. I don't want to see another memorial for another CO that was killed in the line of duty.

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