That was the headline i wrote for the following story last night. In a move that curdled my heart, it was changed to: “Cops called to Zen monastery, arrest man on assault charge.” Here is the story, a classic in the category of “You can’t make this shit up”:
SUMMITVILLE — State police have arrested a 42-year-old man after an assault they say took place at a Zen monastery on Mount Vernon Road on Saturday night.
Min Jae Hwang is facing two counts of assault in the second degree, a felony, and an array of misdemeanors in connection with the incident.
Police say that they they responded to a call at the Catskill Zendo. There, they said, Hwang had struck a 45-year-old man with a broken bottle and had forcibly touched and used force to restrain a 38-year-old woman.
The man struck with the bottle, who had lacerations to the head, was treated and released at Ellenville Hospital. Hwang was sent to Sullivan County Jail without bail.