Scorned Lover Foiled
By Full-Service Building
There may be those who doubt the value of concierge service, but a gentleman engaged in that noble calling at the Ruppert Towers, 1751 Second Avenue, more than earned his paycheck on Feb. 2.
The concierge-really no more than a fancy French way of saying “security guard”-was on duty at 1:40 a.m. when one of the building’s residents received an unwanted visitor. The suspect-described as a 35-year-old, 5-foot-9, 200-pound male wearing a brown construction-type jacket-entered the lobby and asked to ring an apartment on the 14th floor.
When the concierge did, the female who answered the phone said she didn’t recognize the name of the person that the man wanted to visit. The concierge put the fellow on the phone to straighten the matter out, and the visitor tried another name-Didi. The woman didn’t recognize that one, either. At that point, the suspect hung up the house phone and decided to jog her memory by proceeding directly to the apartment in question.
The concierge informed him that doing so was not permitted, since he had no legitimate business in the building. The suspect heartily disagreed, producing a fully loaded Winchester pump-action shotgun from his bag and pointing it at the uncooperative concierge. A less dedicated employee might have let him have his way at that point, but the valiant guard instead got into a struggle over the weapon, during the course of which the shotgun went off once, putting a round in one of the lobby’s cement pillars.
In fact, the concierge even managed to wrestle the gun away from his assailant and then flee the lobby with the weapon. He also called the police, who responded to the address and promptly broadcast a description of the perp over the radio. The Emergency Service Unit’s canine unit also combed the basement in search of the suspect, although they failed to find him. Not long after the call was put out, a male fitting the perp’s description was stopped at 92nd Street between Second and Third avenues, but he turned out to be the wrong man.
“Initially, no arrest was made,” a police official stated. “But later in the night they identified who it was, and the squad made the arrest. She had an idea of who it was,” he added, referring to the woman whose apartment the man was trying to gain access to. “He was a former boyfriend.”
The suspect, a 31-year-old man, was arrested and charged with attempted assault.
In another pre–Valentine’s Day case of someone saying “I love you” with a firearm, a 22-year-old Brooklyn woman told the police that she was at Who’s On First, a bar on First Avenue between 87th and 88th streets, at 4 a.m. on Jan. 25 when she got into an argument with a male who, it seems, she knew previously, and who apparently believed he still had claims on her.
“Bitch, get over here before I kill you,” said the frustrated Lothario, pulling what was described as an “alleged gun” on the victim. She ran to her car, but he caught up with her and punched her in the face, causing bruises to the woman’s left eye and chin.
She received medical attention at the scene. But even though the guy obviously wasn’t boyfriend material, she refused to press charges against him.
Ralph Gardner Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.