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Woman Attacked with Metal Garbage Can by Stranger in SoHo, Police Say

By Irene Plagianos | September 4, 2013 11:49am
 The 1st Precinct stationhouse in TriBeCa.
The 1st Precinct stationhouse in TriBeCa.
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SOHO — A young woman had the back of her head sliced open after a stranger followed her, harassed her and heaved a metal garbage can at her as she walked in SoHo last week, police said.

The 26-year-old told police that as she strolled with a friend along Sixth Avenue toward Grand Street about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29, a young man began following her and cursing at her.

As she and the friend attempted to ignore the harasser, he picked up a metal garbage can and tossed it at the back of her head, leaving her with a deep gash, police said. According to police reports, the woman need “multiple stitches” to close the wound.

When police arrived at the scene after the victim’s friend called 911, another woman approached the cops, telling them that moments earlier the same man had grabbed her butt and threw a glass bottle at her. She wasn't hit or injured, police said.

Cops arrested Divante Cornut, 19, for allegedly attacking the women, police said. Charges against Cornut were not immediately clear, as he had not been arraigned as of Wednesday morning, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:

► A woman had her purse, which included her iPhone and wallet, stolen from the back of her chair as she dined at Stone Street’s popular Adrienne's Pizza Bar. The 21-year-old told cops that her bag hung on the back of her chair as she ate lunch about 1 p.m. on Aug. 29. When she got up to leave, she realized the handbag was gone.

► A woman had her wallet stolen out of her handbag as she shopped at grocery store 55 Fulton Market about noon on Aug. 22, police said. The woman, 72, told police that someone bumped into her as shopped at the 55 Fulton St. store, and she soon realized that her wallet was missing.