Robert Andersen charged in assault on tourist near Staten Island Ferry

A 25-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with punching a tourist who suffered a skull fracture when his head hit the pavement in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal, police said.

Robert Andersen was charged with assault, two days after he allegedly attacked 33-year-old William White.

White was attacked after he turned down an offer from a woman to buy tickets to see the Statue of Liberty about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, police said. She walked away, but Andersen then attacked White, police said.

Without saying a word, Andersen allegedly sucker-punched him. White fell and hit his head on the ground, police said. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center and treated for a fractured skull.

Attorney information for Andersen was not immediately available.