|The scene of the incident|
It is tough out there in New York City. While people familiar with the city know it, apparently, not all tourists know it, however, maybe now, they will.
A Spanish tourist was beaten on the head with a hammer by a well dressed Brooklyn man, in the City Hall Park in Manhattan, on Monday afternoon, police said.
Hugo Alejandre, 31, who is from Barcelona, was sitting on a park bench near the center of Murray Street and Broadway, when he was the target of an unprovoked attack shortly after 3:00 pm, police said.
Dressed in a suit, John Yoos, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, hit the Alejandre with the ears of a hammer on the left side of his head, just above the eye, police said. The blow fractured his skull.
Alejandre also suffered defensive wounds on his arms and hands, police said. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and later was pronounced in stable condition, authorities said.
Witnesses to the assault held Yoos down until the police arrived to arrest him, police said.
Police recovered the hammer and Yoos was charged with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, authorities said.