VIDEO: Police Arrest Suspect in NYC Hammer Attack While Processing Him for Separate Crime

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Police have arrested a New York man who allegedly hit a person on the head with a hammer causing the victim to fall onto the subway tracks.

Forty-one-year-old Jamar Newton of Brooklyn was arrested Sunday, the day after authorities said he attacked the 44-year-old individual at the Union Square station, whom he accused of looking at him the wrong way, the New York Post reported.

“Don’t look at me!” Newton reportedly told the victim, who was waiting on the N/R line platform at approximately 9:00 p.m.

“If you come any closer, I’m going to hit you!” he allegedly stated.

When the victim moved away, the suspect walked to a bench and grabbed a hammer from a bag, according to police.

Video footage showed the moment the suspect, wearing a white hat and black shirt, approached the victim from behind and appeared to hit him before leaving the scene:

The victim was helped to safety by those nearby but transported to Bellevue Hospital where he required seven stitches to close the wound, police noted.

“Newton was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said. He was previously busted for a chain-snatching in Harlem, and as he was being processed, police connected him with the hammer attack,” the Post report stated.

According to the Daily Mail, Newton was arrested in April regarding five misdemeanor charges that included menacing, petit larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property. However, he was released without bail, records reportedly showed.

“He was then arrested again in late June and charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, but was released,” the outlet said.

A Rasmussen poll released last week in partnership with the National Police Association (NPA) found 70 percent of U.S voters believe crime is “out of control” while 22 percent disagreed, Breitbart News reported:

“Ninety percent of voters are “concerned about the recent increase in violent crime,” including 64 percent who are “very concerned.” Only 10 percent are indifferent to skyrocketing crime rates. A majority of those polled believe poor policy has to do with this year’s increase in violent crimes, including the elimination of cash bail requirements in some jurisdictions.

“Seventy-three percent of voters say letting accused violent criminals out of jail without bail while they wait for trial increases violent crime. Fourteen percent disagree, and 13 percent are not sure,” the outlet said.

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