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Homeless Man With 59 Arrests in Police Custody Again, This Time for Allegedly Attacking Woman

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    A homeless man with 59 past arrests is in custody again – this time for allegedly attacking a woman inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

    Robert Simmons, 41, is accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing after he allegedly punched a 36-year-old woman in the face Saturday afternoon.

    Port Authority police said Simmons threatened the woman with a box cutter, hit her and then tried to run away. Police later caught him but no weapon was recovered.

    Law enforcement officials said the victim was known to Simmons.

    Other past arrests include charges of menacing, selling drugs, attempted robbery and parole violations. His convictions date to 1990 and records show he has been in prison at least three times.

    A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.