A Spanish tourist was attacked by a hammer-wielding man, apparently at random, while sitting inside City Hall Park Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The 31-year-old tourist from Barcelona was sitting in the park at Murray Street and Broadway when a man dressed in a suit and tie began hitting him with a hammer, witnesses told investigators.
The assailant reportedly hit the victim in the head several times and screamed obscenities at him. Witnesses said he made erratic remarks about President Obama and the Clintons.
The victim, identified as Hugo Alejandre, may have a fractured skull and some other damage to his eye socket, sources said. He was treated and released from Bellevue Hospital.
The attacker was taken into police custody. Charges are expected to be filed against him.
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