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Tourist Punched After Refusing to Buy Statue of Liberty Ticket, Reports Say

By Ben Fractenberg | February 16, 2016 6:42pm
 A man punched a tourist near the Staten Island Ferry terminal after he refused to buy a ticket to the Statue of Liberty on Monday, according to reports.
A man punched a tourist near the Staten Island Ferry terminal after he refused to buy a ticket to the Statue of Liberty on Monday, according to reports.
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MANHATTAN — A 33-year-old tourist suffered a fractured skull after he refused to buy a ticket to the Statue of Liberty and was sucker punched, according to the NYPD and reports.

A female vendor approached the tourist near the Staten Island Ferry terminal Monday afternoon and tried to sell him the ticket, the New York Daily News reported.

He turned her down and another 25-year-old man standing nearby then punched him, causing the man to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement.

The tourist was taken to Bellevue Hospital and treated for the skull fracture, an NYPD spokesman said. Police could not confirm reports that the injury resulted from turning down the ticket.

Police did not yet have a description of the suspected attacker, the spokesman added.