It was a real-life horror right out of a “Hostel” film.
A Manhattan hostel worker claims she was threatened and then attacked by a patron who was allowed to stay at the Upper West Side facility — even though the owner knew he had been harassing female guests, according to a lawsuit.
The owners of Central Park West Hostel on West 87th Street knew the male customer was targeting women at the discount establishment, the worker charges in court papers.
The staffer, identified in her Manhattan Supreme Court filing only as Jane Doe, claims the terror began in February, when she stayed overnight at the hostel in between shifts and the man began banging on her door, screaming her name, making remarks about her body and threatening to sexually assault her.
When she told owner Arthur Melo of the incident, begging him not to let the man stay any more nights, Melo allegedly agreed and said other female guests had complained about the patron, court papers say.
“He’s gone,” Melo told her later.
However, the man returned to the West 87th Street hostel days later, busting in through a window at 4 a.m., pulling her off her chair and dragging her up a staircase while screaming “Shut up, b—h. Shut up, b—h,” she charges in the legal filing.
The assailant punched her, told her he was going to rape her and continued dragging her by her hair, until other residents hear her screams and intervened, according to court papers.
Aniello Manganelli was charged by cops with attempted rape and attempted sexual assault in addition to burglary and attempted burglary, court records show. The case is still pending.
Coworkers told the victim Manganelli had been allowed to stay at the hostel for three nights before he attacked her, and that the unhinged man returned to look for her after his arrest, she claims in court papers.
The woman, who is seeking unspecified damages, then quit her job because of the unsafe conditions.
“Tragically, this sick individual gained access to the building and was able to brutally attack Ms. Doe. Ms. Doe should have never been put in the position she was in,” said the woman’s lawyer, Alexander Cabeceiras.
Adam Silverstein, a lawyer for Manganelli, said his client had been deemed unfit for trial and was currently at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center in Orange County. A message left with the hostel was not returned.