A homeless man was filmed Wednesday fighting a young tourist in New York’s Times Square after allegedly stalking the tourist and launching an unprovoked attack.
Video obtained by DailyMail.com shows the homeless man, wearing only rags around his neck and shorts, seemingly walking past a tourist in a white T-shirt raising his arms in defense as the homeless person begins to attack him.
The man in the white t-shirt then tries to kick the homeless man and appears to start him in the apparent brawl, which is said to have seen the tourist being punched in the mouth.
The apparently homeless man was later filmed being grabbed by police who told him ‘Stop moving, stop fighting’ as the homeless man continues to writhe.
An officer was seen pulling out her taser just before the homeless man grabs one of the officers, who drops the suspect to the ground as he continues to wave.
After the police brought him to his feet, the homeless person was heard to say to someone from the screen, “You are dead to me, you are dead to me, everyone is dead to me.”
The apparent victim in the white t-shirt was also filmed after the incident holding an ice pack to his mouth while a woman next to him told police what had happened.
Video obtained by DailyMail.com shows a homeless man in a white T-shirt walking up to a tourist and apparently trying to attack him while the victim tried to fend him off
The suspect kicked the man and reportedly started beating him, punching him in the mouth
Good Samaritans were eventually able to end the fight and detain the homeless man before police arrived on the scene
According to witness Mario Froehlich, the attack started after the homeless man and two tourists got into a scuffle.
He said the ‘two people who looked a little younger’ seemed disturbed by what was happening, but he had his earplugs on at the time and didn’t really hear much until he saw the homeless man following the tourists across the street and wearing his earplug. from.
“I heard him yell at the two kids,” Froehlich told DailyMail.com. “I was like, ‘Really? I wonder what’s going on here.’
Before he knew it, Froehlich said, the man began to take off his overcoat and attack the tourist in the white t-shirt.
“He starts kicking the boy,” Froehlich said, “the boy is forced to defend himself and ends up being punched in the face, in the mouth actually.”
At that point, Froehlich said, he decided to intervene.
“And in that moment we’re there, we break them out, me and another guy and it was just absolutely insane.”
“I’ve seen this man over and over,” said Froehlich, who lives on Long Island, “but he’s never been really violent.
“But today it was just crazy. I’ve never seen anything like it.’
He said he was putting his hands on the man’s chest to break up the fight when the suspect grabs him by the shoulders and says, “I’m one man, I’m one man.”
“I’m like, ‘I don’t understand what this has to do with this because I just saw you throw three punches at the other guy. It’s not me if you’re a man, just don’t put your hands on the other man.”
Finally, Froehlich said, he was able to hold the man until the police arrived.
DailyMail.com has contacted the New York Police Department for more information.
He was later seen trying to squirm away from the police officers who were trying to arrest him, while an officer pulled out her taser.
Female officer tells suspect: ‘Stop moving, stop fighting’
At one point, the suspect appears to grab one of the officers
But the officer managed to tip him to the ground
Then they were able to handcuff him and take him into custody
Yet the man kept waving and the police had to stop him
After the police brought him to his feet, the homeless man was heard to say to someone from the screen: ‘You are dead to me, you are dead to me, everyone is dead to me
The attack comes amid a crime wave across New York City, with three tourist trap shootings since early May, when two adults and a four-year-old girl named Skye Martinez were hit by stray bullets.
Farrakhan Muhammad, the alleged gunman, had allegedly started shooting over a “grass war” from a street vendor. He allegedly fled the Big Apple after the shooting and was arrested in Florida days later.
On June 27, a U.S. Marine was injured in another shooting when he was struck by a ricocheting bullet at W. 45th St. and Seventh Ave., police said.
A break dancer, 16-year-old Avon Darden, had reportedly attempted to shoot a rival dancer when he punched 21-year-old Samuel Poulin in the back as he and his wife and family walked by.
The teen later turned himself in with his mother to police at the Midtown South Police Department.
And on July 13 NYPD officers responded to calls reporting shots had been fired near 7th Ave around 12:40 p.m. and 41st St. in Midtown, when at least four shots were fired after a white Mercedes clipped a 32-year-old motorcyclist in the bus lane — leaving him with knee and elbow injuries, according to the New York Daily News.
A 22-year-old friend of the motorcyclist confronted a group of men standing by the car when someone in the group started shooting, police told the Daily News. The Mercedes then fled when the alleged gunman fled on foot.
Avon Darden, 16, surrendered himself to police ten days after a shooting at the Midtown South Precinct station police station, injuring two adults and a four-year-old. He is pictured on surveillance footage as police searched for him
Darden has reportedly been arrested for three felonies
Samuel Poulin, 21, was hit in the back by a ricocheting bullet as he walked with his family near the Marriott Hotel on W. 45th St. on June 27 at around 5:15 PM.
But just a day after the July 13 shooting, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said business leaders’ concerns about gun violence in Times Square are an insult to police.
Business executives near Times Square had torn up de Blasio’s records, claiming he had not taken “immediate action” to stop the gun violence after a third shooting incident was reported in the tourist hotspot in three weeks.
Tom Harris, chairman of the Times Square Alliance, told the… New York Daily News that the shootings “must stop” and that Wednesday’s shooting was “just the latest in an unacceptable cycle.”
“We can’t wait for a new mayor,” Harris said. “The De Blasio administration must stop making excuses, develop effective strategies and take immediate action.”
He added: “We need to refocus, re-energize and support our police officers so that they can do their job and prevent crimes.”
De Blasio’s spokesman Bill Neidhardt slammed Harris in the comments to the Daily News for criticizing the city’s failure to stop the rising crime wave in the Big Apple.
“Everyone wants to fight back against gun violence and stop these shootings,” Neidhardt said, adding that the NYPD has added more police to the area.
“What’s not productive is Tom Harris insulting the police officers who have come to Times Square in good faith from all over the city.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s spokesman claimed Wednesday that a New York business executive’s concerns about gun violence in Times Square are “offensive” to police
Meanwhile, crime is on the rise in the Big Apple.
According to New York City’s latest crime statistics, there have been 7 percent more shootings in the city so far this year compared to the same period last year. There are also 4.4 percent more shooting victims.
The crime rate has increased by 5.2 percent, while the crime rate has increased by 2.4 percent.
Major thefts also rose 1.6 percent last year, with major thefts involving cars rising 19.3 percent.
And the number of hate crimes increased by 95 percent last year.