by JON BROCK
on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM
At 3:36 a.m. on Sunday, Seattle police responded to an alleged assault at an apartment building in the Crown Hill neighborhood. Upon arriving, an officer spoke to a man "who had a small gash on his right hand index finger," according to a police report.
The victim said, according to the report, that he was "hammering a Jewish religious symbol on the wall in the apartment hall near his apartment door" at 3:00 a.m. The building's manager had come out of his own apartment and approached the victim, "telling him to stop hammering and making noise."
According to the hammering man, the apartment manager "became upset and had 'crazy eyes' and had 'these crazy legs that could really hurt me.'" (The report includes no additional context for the "crazy legs" comment.) A physical fight ensued; the manager tried to take away the hammer and started slapping the victim's hands. At some point, the man sustained the injury to his hand but couldn't explain to officers how it happened. In an attempt to escape, the victim "rushed into his apartment and slammed the door."
The responding officer concludes in his report, "I informed victim that he was causing a disturbance and that the manager was in his right to contact him and ask him to stop hammering at 0300 hours, however, suspect did not have the right to physically assault him."