Serial Hammer Attack Suspect Charged With Felony Assault

The hammer-wielding suspect linked to a series of Manhattan ambushes who was shot in midtown after attacking an NYPD officer has been arrested on felony assault and other charges.
David Baril, 30, was formally charged Thursday, a day after the dramatic confrontation between him and two police officers on a packed sidewalk near Penn Station was captured on chilling video. Baril, who allegedly attacked four strangers -- three women and a man -- within a span of six hours in Manhattan Monday, was shot near West 37th Street and Eighth Avenue after he attacked two uniformed officers who recognized his photo from surveillance images and approached him.