Harassment at SoHo

I’m a street artist. I went to my spot to show my art around 8 am last Sunday 10-11-09 at West Broadway and Spring St in SOHO.

This man was waiting for me, and he comes and sits next to my spot and starts to kick my handtrack, and i say don’t touch my stuff, and he says, “YOU DONT UNDERSTAIND I DONT WANT YOU HERE!!! PROSTITUTE, PUTA, UGLY, OLDER, LOSER YOU ARE 40 YEARS OLD AND COME HERE TO SELL YOUR CHEAP ART, I WANTS TO DELETE YOUR TEETH, I’M NOT PLAYING!!! AND WE WILL SEE WHO IS MORE STRONG!!!”

I asked what is his problem and he says, “I JUST DONT LIKE YOU!!!”

And I say, “The world has plenty of things that we like and we dont like and you need to learn to live with that.”

After that he pushed me and punched on my face and ran. I said to stop and people heard and so he ran. I called the police and they come. People talked to the police about what they saw, but nobody saw when he was punched me. I dont have marks or blood.

So he was back 2 hours later to his spot like nothing had happened, and many people called the police, including me, and 5 cars come. Nobody asked him for ID, they just removed him to the next block….he cam back agan to his spot to intimidate me and said “i will be here next weekend”….

I don’t know what i can do, just leave there? I don’t go out because he is around, or he knows I’m alone, maybe he will wait for me again? i dont know…

– anonymous

Location: New York City

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