Assault (Possibly a Pistol-Whipping) on East Third Street

photo(45)Daniel MaurerThe crime scene last night.

A portion of East Third Street became a crime scene shortly after 11:30 p.m. last night, after an apparent assault occurred in one of the guest rooms operated by Interfaith Community Services.

The police are not yet able to confirm what happened, but Adi Purusha Das, a director of the organization that feeds the needy near Tompkins Square Park, said that he was told of the incident at 73 East Third Street, between First and Second Avenues, this morning.

“I called the precinct directly and said, ‘I live here, is everything okay? Was someone hurt?’” he recounted. “He said, ‘No, nobody in your building was involved. It was somebody from the outside coming to your building to visit someone who lives there. There was an assault and someone was punched.’”

Mr. Das, a monk at the Bhakti Center, said that he had heard there were gun shots, but the police assured him it was just a matter of fisticuffs. Another source who spoke to the police in a professional capacity but did not wish to be named told The Local that the victim had been pistol-whipped.

As noted yesterday, vacationers at the interfaith guest rooms have had a few run-ins with the neighboring Hells Angels, but the Angels –  being angles – were seemingly not involved in last night’s incident.