Suspect Questioned in Tourist Attack Near Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City police say they’re questioning a suspect in an attack on a tourist who refused to buy tickets to the Statue of Liberty.

The attack happened Monday afternoon in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in lower Manhattan.

Authorities say the victim and his family were approached by a woman who said she was selling tickets to the attraction. When the tourist said he wasn’t interested, a man came up and punched him in the face.

Authorities say the victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull. The tourist was from Arizona, and authorities believe the tickets were fakes.

The two suspects fled.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said police would be “very aggressively” investigating.