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The Bobster
07-09-2018, 11:26 AM

Subway panhandler bashed me with a pipe because I wouldn’t give him money
By Ben Feuerherd and Sara Dorn
July 9, 2018 | 1:41pm | Updated

A straphanger said he was clubbed into a bloody mess by a subway panhandler — just because he refused to cough up any money.

“I didn’t have no money to give him,” Michael Vansluytman, 59, told The Post from Bellevue Hospital, where he is being treated for a fractured skull and eye socket. “He was up in my face, so I said please get out of my face.

Michael Vansluytman after the subway attack.Handout

“He said I’m disrespectful.”

The suspect, 35-year-old Geovannie Nieves, has been charged with assault with a weapon, a felony.

Vansluytman, an MTA worker from the Bronx, was headed to his sister’s house in Brooklyn on a southbound No. 2 train around 11 p.m. Saturday when he got into an argument with the deranged straphanger.

Video taken by another rider shows Nieves arguing with Vansluytman and waving his hands in his face before standing up and taking a Babe Ruth-style swing with a metal rod at his unsuspecting victim.

“Before I could get up and block, he hit me with this iron,” Vansluytman told The Post.

Shocked, Vansluytman didn’t know the seriousness of his injuries until he saw “the blood gushing down my shirt.

“I was rubbing the spot where I got knocked — it’s numb . . . I didn’t know I got cut,” he said.

The suspect was picked up at 11 p.m. Sunday at the Brooklyn homeless shelter where he lives, cops said.

The Bobster
07-09-2018, 11:28 AM

Cops nab ‘pipe-wielding’ straphanger suspected in train attack
By Ben Feuerherd
July 9, 2018 | 11:15am | Updated

Geovannie Nieves
Matthew McDermott

A homeless man accused of bashing a Manhattan subway rider in the face with a metal pipe is in police custody, authorities said Monday.

The suspect was picked up at 11 p.m. Sunday and was being held at the Manhattan Robbery Squad on 12th Street in Greenwich Village, cops said.

He was arrested by cops in Brooklyn after a crime-stoppers tip led police to the shelter he was staying at on Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, police sources told The Post.

The suspect allegedly got into a fight with a 59-year-old man while panhandling aboard a No. 2 train in Manhattan about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

As the two men got into an argument, the suspect pulled a metal pipe out and whacked the victim in the face, fracturing his skull and breaking his eye socket, police said.

It was not clear what the two men were arguing about, police said.

The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.

Charges against the suspect are pending, police said.

The Bobster
08-10-2018, 01:31 PM

Panhandler accused of bashing man with pipe apologized: court docs
By Rebecca Rosenberg
August 9, 2018 | 10:26pm

Geovannie Nieves
Matthew McDermott

A crazed panhandler, who smashed another straphanger in the face with a metal pipe, breaking his eye socket, apologized, according to newly released court papers.

“I’m sorry,” Geovannie Nieves, 35, told cops a day after the caught-on-video beatdown. “It’s a misunderstanding.”

Authorities nabbed him at a homeless shelter a day after the July 7 subway attack on Michael Vansluytman, 59, and took him to the precinct.

“Oh sh—t that’s me!” he allegedly said when he spotted his “Wanted” poster. “So that’s how you got me. I was in the news,” he added, according to the papers.

The defendant’s statements were released Thursday at his Manhattan Supreme Court arraignment, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault.

Prosecutors say that when Vansluytman refused to give Nieves money, the defendant flew into a rage and whacked him in the face, fracturing his skull and eye socket. Nieves previously denied that the altercation had anything to do with money.

The Bobster
03-21-2019, 12:22 PM

Panhandler accused of bashing man with pipe gets seven years in prison
By Rebecca Rosenberg
March 20, 2019 | 8:46pm

Geovannie Nieves
Steven Hirsch

A deranged panhandler pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan court for hitting a straphanger in the face with a metal pipe when the man refused to give him money.

Geovannie Nieves, 35, copped to first-degree assault in exchange for seven years in prison for the caught-on-camera attack July 7, 2018.

Nieves broke Michael Vansluytman’s eye socket and fractured his skull. The victim, a 59-year-old MTA worker, was on a southbound No. 2 train near Chambers Street when the crazed beggar approached him in the car.

When Vansluytman said he didn’t speak Spanish, Nieves flew into a violent rage, smashing the stranger in the face with the pipe.

Nieves fled and was nabbed the next day at a homeless shelter.