Angel Gonzalez, who is believed to be a member of the notorious Sex Money Murda gang, was on a prison bus to a court appearance when the incident occurred.
While on the bus, 34-year-old Gonzalez received a deep gash on his face and has claimed that another inmate attacked him.
Rikers Island deputy warden David Dueno said: “As he stepped into the aisle, he felt a swiping motion across his face.
“He looked behind him and observed all inmates sitting as if part of the mannequin challenge”
“He looked behind him and observed all inmates sitting as if part of the mannequin challenge.”
An image of the inmate shows a deep cut all the way from his eyeline to the bottom of his jaw.
No weapon was found on the bus and a spokesman for the New York jail confirmed the incident is under review.
The mannequin challenge is a social media craze where participants stand completely still like shop mannequins in different poses, while the camera moves around the room.
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