Who is Miguel Solorzana? NYC man, 50, attacked at ATM by hatchet-wielding man in viral video
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: According to police sources, a hatchet-wielding lunatic was apprehended after repeatedly hacking a helpless man in the head and leg in a startling, caught-on-camera ambush inside a Manhattan bank ATM on Sunday, August 15, news outlets reported on Tuesday, August 17.
The attack takes place in the midst of a rising crime wave in New York, with more and more assaults taking place in broad daylight. An aspiring actor who had previously featured as an extra on 'Law & Order' was shot and killed in a Bronx deli on Friday. In other recent news, rapper Blueface got into a brawl with an individual minutes after he won his bout and threw a series of punches at his fan. Also this week, an off-duty FDNY firefighter walking his dog in New York City was attacked by a swarm of 100 angry kids. A manhunt is on for a mugger who brutally hit and stomped on the head of a Brooklyn man in a viral NYPD video.
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According to the sources, a suspect in Sunday's horrifying assault was apprehended late Tuesday. The victim, Miguel Solorzana, was sent to Bellevue Hospital for assessment. There was no other information about him accessible at the time.
GRAPHIC: Police in New York City are trying to identify & find a black male suspect who randomly hacked a victim using a hatchet inside Chase Bank in the financial district on 15 Aug. pic.twitter.com/mvO7N0xtUf— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 18, 2021
Who is Miguel Solorzana?
Miguel Solorzana, 50, is the victim of Sunday's horrifying hatchet assault. He is a resident of Corona, Queens. He was still recuperating from the mind-boggling lunacy that led to his attack, while being treated at the Bellevue Hospital, according to the New York Daily News.
The perpetrator is seen on surveillance videotape, nonchalantly going inside the facility with a series of ATMs, clutching a hatchet in his right hand. He then all of a sudden lunged at Solorzana, who appeared not to notice the attacker until he was under siege. “He hit me. In the bank, he hit me,” Solorzana said to the Daily News, speaking in Spanish.
Around 5.20 pm, Solorzana was at an ATM at the Chase bank on Broadway near Morris St. That was when the assailant, who was wearing a black mask over his face, strolled up behind him and then abruptly spun around and swung the hatchet at Solorzana's leg. The Queens resident bravely tried to defend himself, clutching his rucksack in front of him, but the assailant shoves and holds him, swinging the hatchet at his head as the overwhelmed victim struggles to pry it away, as shown on film. "It's crazy," a witness said to the Daily Mail. "People were shouting and we saw the guy laying down - a lot of blood."
The suspect was shown stomping over to each of the bank's ATMs after the attack. He broke the displays with his hatchet before dropping the weapon and walking away, according to the video. Solorzana required two operations as a result of the gory attack, according to his friend Manny. “The whole family is in Mexico,” Manny said. “I didn’t ask him about what happened, I just wanted to make sure he’s okay.”
Police are on the hunt to identify and find the black male suspect who attacked Solorzana.