Sex offender charged with nearly killing man with punch released without bail after charges reduced

A convicted sex offender who allegedly accused a man cold-bloodedly on a Bronx street – causing a brain hemorrhage that required surgery – was released without bail on Thursday after his attempted murder charges were reduced in the attack. provoked.

Bui Van Phu approached the man and hit him from behind.
The victim was leaving the Fuego Tipico restaurant on East 188th Street before being knocked unconscious.
Phu allegedly confessed to the crime to his parole officer.

Bui Van Phu, 55, was instead charged by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office with misdemeanor assault and harassment for the brutal punch last Friday that left the 52-year-old victim unconscious on the street , according to a criminal complaint.

The new charges are not eligible for bail, and a Bronx judge released Phu on supervised release at his arraignment Thursday, a spokesperson for the Bronx district attorney’s office said.

The NYPD had charged Phu with attempted murder after arresting him Wednesday for the attack, which appeared to have come out of nowhere.

Phu allegedly confessed to the crime to his parole officer, according to the complaint filed against him.

“I hit someone and he’s in the hospital. I don’t know if he died. The police are looking for me,” he told the officer, according to the complaint.

Phu and the victim did not know each other and there does not appear to have been any interaction between them prior to the punching, police said.

The victim, shown in surveillance footage wearing a backpack, was leaving the Fuego Tipico restaurant on East 188th Street near the Grand Concourse at Fordham Manor around 10:45 p.m. on August 12 when he stopped near a group of people chatting outdoors.

He was followed by a bald man wearing a black t-shirt – who put on what appear to be work gloves before randomly punching the victim from behind, knocking him to the pavement and hitting his head, according to the footage released Wednesday shows.

The convicted sex offender left the 52-year-old victim with a fractured skull, broken cheekbone and bleeding brain.
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Phu was released without bond after his attempted murder charges were reduced.

The prosecutor’s office did not explain why Phu was hit with the lower charges, instead of the attempted murder he was originally slapped with.

Phu was convicted of first degree sexual abuse in 1995 for abusing a 17-year-old girl. He was sentenced to six years to life in prison and was paroled in 2019, state records show.

He is now registered as a Level 3 sex offender, the most serious designation.

The victim was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with a fractured skull, fractured cheekbone and bleeding brain, authorities said.

He had to undergo brain surgery and is now in an induced coma, authorities said.

New York Post

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