"Leg on 25th Floor Triggers High Excitement; 2 Arrested," 1965

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! J; Leg on 25th Floor Triggers High Excitement; 2 Arrested , A report that "someone is hanging out a 25th-story win- dow" of a .high-rise apartment building touched off a wild, bizarre scene in South Philadelphiajast night. ! It also led to the arrest of a 17-year-old youth who insisted he was "just washing the window." Also jailed was the youth's father, who complained when police came to the apartment.! He not only refused to admit the cops, but he and the son got into a scuffle with the lawmen. One person was injured a policeman, yet. IT ALL STARTED shortly after 9:30 P.M. when neighbors telephoned police that "someone is hanging out a 25th-story window of the Southwark Plaza." The high-rise complex is located at 1021 S. 4th st. near Washington ave. Police and firemen converged on the place. Firemen trained spotlights on the upper floors.' Scores of spectators gathered in the street. I Firemen reported they saw "a leg dangling from a window in! the East Tower." ' 1 ' 1111 - I Policemen Michael Cox and Stanley Markawski were dis patched to the 25 floor unit occupied by Clarence Mercer, 37, and his son, Nathan, 17. Cox and Markawski said Nathan had a foot out the window when they finally got into the apartment. Getting in wasn't easy, they added, because the elder Mercer tried to bar their way. ONCE THEY were inside, the son attacked them, Cox and Markawski said. In the scuffling, Cox suffered a muscle strain of the right arm. He was treated at Philadelphia General Hospital. The youth told police he was not "hanging out the window I was just washing the window." Police said there was no apparent suicide attempt. Mercer was booked on charges of disorderly conduct, breach of the peace and interfering with police. The son was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer. Two Rob Bar Two masked bandits, one brandishing a gun, took $1."!) at Ryan's Bar, 4152, Market st. earFy today. Bartender William Saunders, 42, of 5146 Chancellor st., said the pair fled on foot.

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  1. Philadelphia Daily News,
  2. 07 Jul 1965, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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