Volume 20, Number 30 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | December 7 - 13, 2007

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Police Blotter

Foils window attack

Soho residents on Sullivan St. between Prince and Houston Sts. reported being startled by the sound of breaking glass, followed by angry yelling on Sat., Dec. 1, at 1 a.m. after a man reportedly head-butted the window of a yarn store.

“It was an accident. The window was coming at me,” the man reportedly shouted, after a neighbor from across the street admonished him. Ian Dutton, who lives next door to Purl, the yarn shop, at 137 Sullivan St., said the window breaker then directed a stream of homophobic slurs at the neighbor, topping it off by calling him a slang term for female genitalia.

Police arrived after the perpetrator had left. After canvassing the area, they reported that he had been drunk and was also said to have been screaming at a woman on the corner prior to shattering the window.

By Saturday afternoon, a new plate-glass window had been installed at Purl, which was full of shopping knitters as machines spun small bundles of yarn. A sign taped at the glass’s bottom advised, “Please do not lean on the window.” Purl did not respond to a call for comment by press time.

— Lincoln Anderson

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