by Timothy Rutt
A man wielding a hammer broke the front window of the Coffee Gallery as the shop opened Sunday morning.
According to the barista on duty, the morning barista was opening the shop at 2029 N. Lake Avenue at about 6:30 AM this morning when she saw a man running at her as though to attack. She unlocked the door to get inside and lock it behind her, when the man shattered one of the front windows with a hammer and shouted an obscenity that some witnesses said included a racial epithet.
UPDATE: Community correspondent Susan Foster sends the following:
If you'd like to help Coffee Gallery owner Julie Sandoval with her repair expenses, write a check to the Altadena Community Corporation, a "domestic nonprofit" (ID Number C3499970) established to help Altadena businesses, so the donation is tax-deductible.
Altadena Community Corporation
2450 N. Lake Ave Suite 327
Altadena Ca 91001
Put in the memo "Coffee Gallery crisis."
UPDATE II: There is some question as to the accuracy and bona fides of the information presented above, so we've struck it out. We've also reached out to Coffee Gallery owner Julie Sandoval to see if this is being done with her cooperation and what her preference is for donations.
UPDATE III: Questions have been answered: please check the updated story here.