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Woman accused of hacking pal’s leg with ax during bizarre Upper East Side rampage charged with assault

Cops lodged an assault charge Tuesday against a Manhattan woman accused of hacking a pal’s leg with an ax then taking over an Upper East Side magazine store and barricading herself inside an elevator during a bizarre rampage on the Upper East Side.

Luciana Pricop, 33, was charged with assault after she was taken into custody following the surreal series of events that began on E. 85th St. and York Ave. Monday night.

Pricop, who lives on the Upper West Side, got into an argument with a 28-year-old woman inside a mutual friend’s home about 8 p.m., cops said. She allegedly attacked the woman with a small hatchet, leaving a gash in the woman’s right shin, officials said.

She then climbed out a window and scrambled up the fire escape to the roof, cops said. When she made it back to ground level, she ran into International News and Magazines on E. 86th St., scaring a clerk inside.

The suspect in an ax attack is removed from an apartment building on E. 86th St. in Manhattan on Monday.

Video recovered by the Daily News shows Pricop milling around inside the store and grabbing something from the counter.

The unhinged woman grabbed two packs of cigarettes as she turned to the terrified clerk.

“These are $30,” she said. “I’ll pay you back.”

“I know her as a customer. Her palms were covered in blood. She had an ax,” said the clerk, who didn’t give his name.

“She came in my store and said, ‘Help me. They’re coming to kill me.’ She kept talking about ‘the cat, the cat, they’re going to kill the cat.’”

Luciana Pricop ran into International News and Magazines on E. 86th St., scaring a clerk inside.

The clerk ran outside and called the police.

“She was a very nice lady. I can’t believe she did this. We used to talk about stocks,” he said.

Pricop ran out of the store and jumped onto an M86 bus, but stepped off after traveling a single block. She then ran into an apartment building on E. 86th St. near York Ave., where she pleaded with a doorman to help her.

The suspect in an ax attack is removed from an apartment building on E. 86th St. in Manhattan on Monday.

“She said ‘Hide me!’ I said, ‘No, you have an ax!’” the shocked doorman told The News. “Then she ran into the elevator and locked herself in. I was bugging out.”

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit coaxed her out of the elevator about 20 minutes later and took her into custody.

Pricop’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court was pending Tuesday.

Source (Ny Daily news)

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