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Hammer-Wielding Man in Suit Attacks Spanish Tourist at City Hall Park

NEW YORK - MAY 26:  Pedestrians in Times Square walk past a police car May 26, 2004 in New York City. The U.S. fears that al Qaeda may be plotting an attack inside the country or against U.S. interests abroad. Despite these warnings, the government has no plans to raise the terror threat level and has no details on when, where or how an attack might occur.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old tourist from Barcelona was sitting on a bench in City Hall Park in Manhattan on Monday afternoon when a man approached him without provocation and smashed him in the head with the claw part of a hammer, reports the Daily News. The alleged perpetrator is 43-year-old John Yoos of Crown Heights, who was wearing a suit at the time of the assault (which is notable because men in suits usually run around with briefcases, not hammers). The tourist is in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital Center, where he is being treated for a fractured skull and defensive wounds. Yoos is under arrest and faces multiple charges, including first-degree assault.

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