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A man has been charged with bashing a Spanish tourist in the head with a hammer in a park next to City Hall.
The suspect is being held without bail after his arraignment Tuesday on attempted murder charges.
The suspect said nothing as a prosecutor described what she called "a completely random act of brutal violence on a total stranger."
Authorities say Hugo Alejandre was eating lunch on a bench in City Hall Park on Monday when the 43-year-old abruptly attacked him. Bystanders intervened.
Alejandre was treated at a hospital for a spinal fracture and deep cuts. He declined to comment as he left the Manhattan district attorney's office Tuesday.
The suspect's lawyer said an assault charge, rather than an attempted murder charge, would be more appropriate to the allegations.
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