Canadian drifter pleads guilty in NYC hammer attack: Report

The fountain at New York City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan is pictured in this photo....

The fountain at New York City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan is pictured in this photo. (SeanPavonePhoto/Fotolia.com)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

A Canadian drifter pleaded guilty to attempted murder in a U.S. courtroom Tuesday.

Douglas Epp attacked a Spanish tourist with a clawhammer at a park near New York City Hall in July 2012, NBC reports. Bystanders stepped in, but not before Epp, dressed in a suit and tie, fractured the spine of Hugo Alejandre.

Police arrested Epp nearby, and he admitted to the unprovoked attack, according to court documents cited by the news network.

The case might have ended there, except that Epp had given the name and birth date of a former associate, an American he'd known in Vancouver and Winnipeg years ago.

New York District Attorney records show John Yoos as the defendant in the case.

Yoos recognized Epp on the news but hadn't seen him in about a decade, NBC said.

Epp also pleaded guilty Tuesday to identity theft.

He is due to be sentenced Oct. 29 and faces a possible prison sentence of 14 years.

 


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