By Gus Saltonstall
A man allegedly attacked a 66-year-old woman biking in Central Park after the pair nearly collided on Thursday, police said.
The woman was riding a bicycle at about 2:20 p.m. in the bike lane within the park near West 96th Street and West Drive, when she almost bumped into a man who was walking on the roadway, police said. The man began to yell at the woman, before allegedly striking her in the head with a collapsible baton, NYPD added.
The impact caused the woman to fall off the bike and onto the ground.
The woman’s 29-year-old daughter, who was there, attempted to confront the man while recording a cellphone video of him quickly walking away from the scene, police said. He ended up fleeing the area in an unknown direction.
ABC7 reported that the man apparently said to the daughter, “she’s got to learn how to ride a bike,” before leaving.
The older woman was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a cut to her head, police said.
NYPD describe the suspect as a man in his 50s, with a medium build and black hair.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Update, 10/6, 7:45 p.m. — At 1 p.m., Angelo Del Guercio, 59, was arrested and charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a police spokesperson. It was also reported by ABC7 that the woman who was assaulted, and her 29-year-old daughter who witnessed the incident, were both “tourists from England.” The Daily News reported that Del Guercio lives on the Upper West Side. According to Upper East Site, “Del Guercio pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Saturday morning with a judge setting bail at $20,000 bond, court records show. He remains in custody as of Saturday afternoon.”
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