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Chelsea man collared in violent attacks on store workers

The cops nailed him.

A man who allegedly used a hammer to attack a supermarket manager in Chelsea last month and a bottle to bash a deli worker back in April has been arrested, according to police.

Police took Oscar Apronti, 27, of 420 W. 26th St., in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses, into custody on Aug. 2. He was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in both attacks, plus stalking in the supermarket attack.

In the afternoon assault on July 23 at Gristedes, at 225 Ninth Ave., at 24th St., according to surveillance video, the victim picked a hammer up off the sidewalk and whacked the supermarket’s 64-year-old manager in the head before fleeing.

In the earlier incident, on April 2, police said, Apronti snuck up behind a worker opening up a deli at 300 Eighth Ave., at 25th St., at 6 a.m. and hit him in the back with an unknown object. News reports said the weapon was a wine bottle and that the worker suffered a concussion.

According to the Daily News, neighbors said Apronti had become noticeably troubled in recent years.

The News noted that the Gristedes manager said he had previously filed complaints against Apronti for “acting out” and allegedly shoplifting. A cashier reportedly had also filed a harassment complaint against him.

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