New York landlords accused of kidnapping tenants to evict them

by: Louis Finley, WTEN, Nexstar Media Wire

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 / 12:00 PM CST
Updated: February 25, 2021 / 10:59 AM CST

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – A New York landlord has been released on bail after being arrested and charged with abducting tenants from his property and dumping them in a cemetery 30 miles away.

The two tenants accused landlord Shawn Douglas of kidnapping them while armed from their home on his property in Albany’s South End neighborhood.

In the police report, the two prosecutors say they were kidnapped, held in place with cable ties and covered with pillow cases. They then claim that Douglas dumped them in a rural cemetery in the city of Ghent.

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One person was able to break free from the shackles to seek help in a nearby house.

“He’s lucky they came out alive. You could have frozen to death out there, ”said Craig Apple, Albany County Sheriff.

Douglas was reportedly frustrated that he was unable to evict victims from his property due to a nationwide ban on evictions caused by the pandemic. Apple said there is a legal system in place despite landlords’ frustrations.

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“My advice to both parties is to be patient. You have to be tolerant. There is a process. I didn’t make it up, so don’t yell and shout into the sheriff’s office like everyone has been doing for the past 12 months, ”Apple said.

The eviction ban in New York expires on May 1st. As landlords wait for their court day, eviction requests continue to increase. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s hands remained tied.

“We now know we have over 100 [eviction requests]and we know there are basically hundreds on the file ready to go in the city court, the city court, ”Apple said.

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The Albany Police Department has not released any further details on the case, but other people could be charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping.

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