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‘Free Hugs’ Guy Accused Of Attacking Tourist In Times Square

FREE-HUGS-DUMB-ASS  ‘Free Hugs’ Guy Accused Of Attacking Tourist In Times Square FREE HUGS DUMB ASSA man offering free hugs in Times Square is due in court Friday for allegedly attacking a tourist when she didn’t give him a tip. , known as the “free hugs” guy, is often seen toting a cardboard sign around Times Square offering free hugs. But on Thursday afternoon, police said Himmelstein jumped into a picture 22-year-old Canadian tourist Sophie Violene Dauvois was taking, hugged her and then demanded $5.  Police said he then attacked her when she wouldn’t hand over the cash, punching her in the face.  Himmelstein ran off but the victim took a photo as evidence and showed it to police, who found him in the area, authorities said. He faces charges of attempted robbery and fraudulent accosting.  The woman was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital and was treated for an injury to her eye as well as cuts and bruises.  Investigators say it’s not the first time he’s pulled this stunt, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.  “He is no stranger to this,” said NYPD Chief of Department James o’Neill. “He has multiple prior arrests and several were for the same type of offense.”  The incident comes as city officials are working to get a better handle on the costumed characters and others looking for tips in Times Square, some of whom have allegedly harassed and even hurt unassuming tourists.  Last month, the City Council approved the creation of a specific zone for the tip seekers, but after Thursday’s confrontation, some believe even more measures need to be taken.  “Something needs to be done,” said tourist Jennifer Manos. “There needs to be an extra layer of protection or something.”

[6] EDGAR SANDOVAL GRAHAM RAYMAN THOMAS TRACY , Times Square ‘Hug Guy’ punches Canadian tourist, 22, because she didn’t give him a tip, New York Daily News, Friday, May 13, 2016, 9:34 AM
[7] Daniel Prendergast, Lorena Mongelli and Chris Perez, Tourist pays painful price for panhandler’s ‘free’ hug, New York Post,  May 12, 2016 | 2:56pm


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