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Crime in NYC: Stranger throws chair at man sitting outside Hell’s Kitchen pizzeria

HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan (WABC) — Vincent Buccino has anything but love for what happened to him at Amore Pizza Café.

The 64-year-old sat solo outside the restaurant on West 58th Street and 9th Avenue. Then, a stranger passing by, without warning, picked up a heavy plastic chair and threw it at Buccino.

“All of a sudden I look up and a guy with a chair in his hand is throwing it at 90 MPH, like I’m throwing a baseball at my head,” Buccino said.

Buccino is now in a rehabilitation center recovering from his injuries. The force of the blow shattered his forearm – he needed surgery, and he tells Eyewitness News he is still extremely uncomfortable.

“Basically, my physiotherapy is taking four towels and crumbling them up, that’s it,” Buccino said.

According to the police, the unprovoked attack took place on September 9 at around 10:30 p.m.

Buccino says he never saw the suspect, who only said a word to him just before throwing the chair away.

“He said ‘b****’ and threw it away and stole my phone,” he said.

When the suspect picked up one of the chairs, Buccino was able to block his face. He wasn’t in his head – had he done so, things would have ended much differently.

“If he had hit my head I would have died, I couldn’t have survived that,” Buccino said.

Buccino has a long road to recovery and is confident that the suspect, who is still out there, will strike again.

“To me it’s as simple as ‘we won’t tolerate this, if you do this you need to go to jail and be rehabilitated’ because when he left me what did he do later in the night?” adds Buccino.

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