Identity twist in NYC hammer attack on tourist?
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
August 09, 2012 12:15 PM | 456 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NEW YORK (AP) _ There may be an identity twist in the case of a man charged with abruptly beating a stranger in the head with a hammer in a New York City park.

A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the Manhattan district attorney’s office is looking into whether the man gave authorities a phony identity. He provided the same full name and birthdate of a chess master in Canada, 43-year-old John Yoos (YOHSS’) of Vancouver.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Legal Aid Society is representing the suspect and had no immediate comment.

The chess player says he knew nothing about the July 30 attack until Monday. A friend saw a news report about it.

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