Arrest made after tourist struck in head while biking Central Park

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Arrest made after tourist struck in head while biking in Central Park
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The victim's daughter recorded video of the man who allegedly striking the woman in the head with a collapsible baton on Thursday. Crystal Cranmore has the breaking details.

UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man is under arrest on Friday after police say he attacked a tourist on Thursday in Central Park.

Angelo Del Guercio, 59, was arrested on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The incident happened in broad daylight around 2:30 p.m. on a popular and busy bike path near 96th Street and West Drive.

Officials say a 66-year-old woman was riding on a bicycle with her 29-year-old daughter, both of them tourists from England, when she almost collided with someone walking on the path.

That's when police say the man started to yell at the woman and then after an argument escalated, he allegedly hit her on the head with what appeared to be a collapsible baton.

The victim's daughter then went to confront the man as he was walking away and started recording a cellphone video of him.

He apparently said to her, "She's got to learn how to ride a bike," before eventually leaving the scene.

The victim was brought to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition. She received stitches for a laceration to her head and was released.


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