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A resident at a notorious Kip’s Bay men’s homeless shelter was arrested after allegedly punching a Times Square Minnie Mouse in the face — but was back on the street less than 24 hours later, police said.
The random, unprovoked attack occurred at the corner of West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The suspect, identified by cops as Donnell Smith, walked up to the costumed woman — who had Minnie’s head up, revealing her face — and allegedly punched her, police said.
The 43-year-old victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital complaining of pain and with swelling to her face and head, authorities said.
Smith, 42, was nabbed less than five minutes later at West 42nd Street and 6th Avenue, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Smith, a resident at the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, at First Avenue and East 30th Street, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct, police said.
He was handed a desk appearance ticket at the Midtown South Precinct on Saturday, and released from police custody, authorities said.
The shelter has long been a bane to its neighbors.
Most recently, a shelter resident was busted in connection to the New Year’s Eve strangulation rape of a Manhattan woman.
More than two dozen registered sex offenders currently live at the shelter, a Post analysis found.
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