Two women attacked with hammers in Union Square

Police sketch of hammer attack suspect

Police sketch of hammer attack suspect

A hammer-wielding nut bashed two women over the head on Monday night in seemingly random attacks in Union Square.

At around 7:30 p.m., a 28-year-old woman who was sitting on a bench in Union Square Park was struck over the head with the tool by an unknown man who’d pulled it out of a bag.

Police and an EMS team responded and the victim was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where she was reported to be in stable condition.

Approximately 10 minutes later, a 33-year-old woman walking west on West 17 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues was also struck on the back of her head from behind. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.  The blow caused an injury to the woman’s scalp and she was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital in stable condition. Both women have since been treated and released.

The suspect is described as black, in his 30s, with a medium build, and was wearing a black waist length jacket, a dark-colored baseball hat, dark jeans, black sneakers, and a black backpack.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

UPDATE: Police have released a photo of the suspect.

Photo of hammer attack suspect

Photo of hammer attack suspect

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