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Man giving away hugs in Manhattan punches woman in face for refusing to accept free hug

By Mason White 5:18 PM October 22, 2017
Jermaine Himmelstein and Sophie Violene Dauvois
Jermaine Himmelstein and Sophie Violene Dauvois
By: Mason White  WorldWideWeirdNews.com

A man offering free hugs in New York City, brutally attacked a young woman for refusing to accept a hug, according to New York Police Department.

25-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein hangs out in Union Square, where he offers passersby free hugs.

When someone doesn’t accept his offer, Himmelstein could turn violent.

Last week, a young woman and her mother were walking in Union Square, where Himmelstein approached them.

Himmelstein approached the young woman and offered her a hug.

When she refused, he walked away.

Moments later, Himmelstein approached the young woman from behind and punched her in the face, knocking off her glasses.

Himmelstein then fled the scene.

Himmelstein was arrested.

He was charged with one count of assault.

This was not the first time that Himmelstein attacked a woman for refusing to accept a hug.

Last year, Himmelstein punched a 21-year-old woman of Canada, who was visiting Manhattan, for refusing to accept a free hug.

The woman who was identified as Sophie Violene Dauvois, suffered a black eye, cuts, and bruises.

Himmelstein was arrested in that case for assault, but prosecutors dropped the charge because he was mentally unfit to stand trial.

Himmelstein’s parents claim that their son suffers from autism.