What should have been a friendly visit has turned into a stint at the emergency ward of a hospital for a tourist after his skull was broken by an ex-con for refusing to buy a Statue of Liberty ticket.
Ex-con breaks tourist's skull for refusing to buy Statue of Liberty ticket
The 33-year old tourist from Arkansas was approached near the Staten Island Ferry terminal by a woman looking to sell him tickets to see Lady Liberty, and was thereafter beaten unconscious by a man believed to be working with the woman.
According to New York Daily News, the 33-year old tourist from Arkansas was approached near the Staten Island Ferry terminal by a woman looking to sell him tickets to see Lady Liberty.
After he refused, a man believed to be working with the woman, stepped in and knocked the victim unconscious with a punch.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a fractured skull but was conscious and alert when detectives arrived to see him.
The suspect was later identified by Parks Police as a 25-year old man who lives in Brooklyn and is on probation for burglary and has 10 arrests on his record.
Illegal ticket agents tend to prey on unsuspecting tourists by selling overpriced or bogus tickets around the area of the attack, and authorities have grappled with this for a while.
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