An asylum seeker being housed at a Manhattan hotel bashed an employee in the head with a “No Parking” sign early Tuesday after the worker booted him from the building for unruly behavior, cops and sources said.
The male suspect had been staying at the Roosevelt Hotel on East 45th Street near Vanderbilt Avenue — steps from Grand Central Terminal — with his wife, but was kicked out just days ago for disorderly conduct, police said.
He tried to get back into the hotel early Tuesday to stay with his wife, but a 36-year-old male employee refused to let him in, cops said.
The irate migrant went outside and waited for the worker to leave too — so he could confront him, police sources said.
The frightened employee ran to East 46th Street and Fifth Avenue, with the other man on his tail, cops said.
The suspect caught up to the worker around 1 a.m. and picked up a metal “No Parking” sign, belonging to the nearby Gotham Hotel, and bludgeoned the staffer over the head with it, cops said.
The injured man was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a six-inch gash on his head, and was treated with stitches.
Police are still looking to track down the suspect, who fled on foot.
The 1,000-room Roosevelt Hotel — which was closed for nearly three years — reopened last month as what Mayor Eric Adams called the city’s main “asylum seeker arrival center.”
Adams described the facility as the first of its kind in the five boroughs, joining eight other Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centers.
The mayor stopped by the Roosevelt and another migrant site — Times’ Square’s landmark Candler Tower — on Sunday to meet with asylum-seekers and get quick tours.
Adams’ spokesman, Fabien Levy, confirmed to The Post that the mayor made the unannounced 45-minute visit.
“The mayor wants to make sure everything is OK — that the migrants are being taken care of — and he wants the staff and volunteers to know that he’s got their back,” Levy said.
In another incident involving migrant arrests last month, 10 people were busted at Midtown’s Stewart Hotel — which has also been used to house asylum seekers, police sources said.
The migrants faced assault and disorderly conduct charges after getting into fights and filing complaints against each other, the sources said.
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