UNION SQUARE, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Police are searching for a man wanted for bashing two women with a hammer in Union Square and who may be connected to two other attacks in Manhattan.
A photo of the alleged attacker was released midday Tuesday. Earlier in the day, police sent out a sketch of a possible culprit but later said to disregard that image, replacing it with a grainy surveillance photo.
NYPD said the man began his rampage about 7:30 p.m. Monday when he took out a hammer from inside a bag and hit a 28-year-old woman on the head. The victim was sitting on a bench in Union Square Park.
About 10 minutes later, he slammed a hammer on a 33-year-old woman, attacking her from behind near 44 West 18th St. and leaving her with a scalp wound, police said.
Both victims were treated and released from the hospital.
Investigators are leaning toward connecting the man to a third Monday attack against a man near 35th Street and Sixth Avenue.
He also may be linked to a fourth attack on a woman on 27th Street and Madison Avenue. In that incident, the woman was struck in the head with an unknown object or a hand.
The attacker is described to be in his 30s, medium build, wearing a black waist length jackets, dark-colored baseball hat, dark jeans, black sneakers and wearing black backpack, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.