Tourist says 'free hugs' man punched her when she refused to tip

The victim, a 22-year-old woman from Canada, said she was able to snap a picture of her assailant, leading to his apprehension by police.

It seems the old saying about a “free lunch” might apply to free hugs, too, after aCanadian tourist reportedly said she was attacked Thursday afternoon by a man offering the service in Times Square.


The victim, a 22-year-old woman, was punched after she declined to pay the man a tip, police told 7 ABC News. She reportedly suffered a black eye.


The tourist saved a photo of her assailant on a cellphone, which she was able to give to investigators,DNAinfo reported.


Department Chief James O’Neill also reportedly said at a press conference that the suspect, who wasn't identified, “is no stranger” to the department, adding he has “multiple prior arrests,” including some for assault.

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