June 27, 2015
A murmuring madman with a giant machete straight out of the Amazon slashed a tourist during a broad-daylight attack in Bryant Park on Tuesday — terrifying the bustling lunchtime crowd.
Sook Yeong Im, who is visiting from South Korea, had just finished a yoga class on the lawn and was looking for a place to sit around 11:30 a.m. when career criminal Frederick Young, 43, followed her with the blade in a plastic bag.
“She felt suspicious and was trying to avoid him and started walking faster,” said Saya Dajung, 35, a Brooklyn art instructor who was teaching a class in the park.
Young — who has at least two dozen prior arrests, including a 2010 machete attack — hacked at the victim’s arm several times as she screamed.
“He was trying to hurt her more but because she was yelling, other people came, and he couldn’t,” said Dajung.