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Police arrested a 29-year-old man and charged him with attempting to strangle an 11-year-old girl in a Manhattan park.
Nathaniel Direnzo of Saint Marks Place was arrested Saturday morning in a violent attack on October 20 in broad daylight on Stuyvesant Square, near Perlman Place and East 16th Street, police said.
Nathaniel Direnzo, 29, of Saint Marks Place, arrested and charged with second-degree strangulation for trying to strangle an 11-year-old girl in broad daylight in Stuyvesant Square Park on the Lower East Side. https://t.co/AN5JrLwo5f
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He has been charged with second degree strangulation, double child abuse, second degree criminal harassment and double assault, police said.
The desperate suspect started yelling at the victim and her classmates, police said, then started spraying the girl with water.
When the girl attempted to retaliate, the suspect grabbed her hair, slapped her face and “wrapped his hands around her neck”, trying to strangle her, police said.
The frightened girl was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel in stable condition, police said.
Another classmate in the park, a 15-year-old boy, was attacked while trying to help his classmate. The boy was treated in the emergency room for minor injuries.
Direnzo’s summons was expected on Saturday afternoon.