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Tourist from Arkansas punched, suffers fractured skull after declining to buy Statue of Liberty tickets

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BATTERY PARK, Manhattan — A tourist from Arkansas was punched and knocked out after declining to buy tickets to see the Statue of Liberty, police said.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday, the victim, a 33-year-old man, was at the Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall Terminal when an unidentified woman tried to sell him tickets to the tourist attraction, according to police.

After he declined the offer, another person — a man — punched the victim in the face with a closed fist, rendering him unconscious, police said.

The tourist was transported to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for a skull fracture.  He is in stable condition, police said.

Police are looking for the suspect, who is believed to be in his 20s.

Park Police told the NYPD the suspect frequents the area and was working with the ticket seller, a police source said.