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I left my building today, 233 East 9th Street, around 2 p.m. to run errands and I bumped into a man on my stoop. He said to me "take a hot shower, then take a cold shower, then take a hot shower." I didn't think anything of it other than he was just a kook — our stoop is always used by eccentric people waiting for the bus — and I went to run my errands.
When I came back about 20 minutes later, he followed me into the vestibule, then attempted to follow me into the lobby. I thought he might be a left-of-center fill-in for my Super over the holiday weekend. I asked him who he was and he said "the landlord."
I knew he wasn't and told him I was going to call the police if he didn't allow me to close the door to keep him out. He started rambling on about how I could obtain American citizenship by going to the consulate and filling out a form. Not wanting to break the door, I went to my apartment and called the Super, the MGMT company and 911. While I did this, he proceeded to drag ALL of the bagged garbage on the curb into our building, leaving it all over the lobby.
Waiting for the police, I saw him from my fire escape running over on 9th then taking a right on Second Ave, heading south. The police arrived shortly after and I gave them the details and a description.
Tonight around 5 p.m., I heard a commotion in the hallway. Police were canvasing the building. The guy got back into the building and was trying to break into apartments. The police didn't find him on their search.
5' 10 - 5' -11
longish gray hair
hunter green suede coat
light colored jeans
silver traveling luggage
He is pretty fearless and determined to keep going about his business despite the intervention of me and my neighbors. He's obviously hanging out in the neighborhood and if he's doing this to our building, he may have tried this elsewhere.
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