This will be long and at times a huge run on sentence..my bad. I have too many emotions to care right now–
Yesterday morning one of our new neighbors downstairs told todd she heard people “partying” in the back apartments which nobody lives in. After walking inside the apartments, we saw hoodies, empty beer bottles, cigarettes, blunt guts and a bunch of phone chargers scattered in one of them. All windows were unlocked, backyard door unlocked, one of the windows was even broken near the lock. I was so upset that our neighbor didn’t feel the need to report someone breaking in but whatever, we didn’t hear anything last night so we couldn’t have done anything.
Fast forward to last night about 11:45pm. Todd went outside for a bit and on his way back in, he texts me “I think I hear voices coming from the back apartments” so I run to our bedroom and look down our window and sure enough, all the lights are on downstairs and I saw a shadow move against the wall. Todd and I looked down for about 20-25 minutes just wanting to be sure before calling the cops and the movements were so small and so spread out, I couldn’t convince myself to call so I finally said okay I’m tired if I see one more movement I’m calling.
I pre dialed 911 and sat on my windowsill looking down as todd did something else a few feet away.
Suddenly, a man runs up our fire escape and keeps running up another floor.
I shot backwards off the bed with Lincoln in hand, screaming GET AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS THERE’S SOMEONE ON THE FIRE ESCAPE. Todd grabbed a knife in case it came to that and a flashlight and shined it out the window to scare him off but he was already upstairs somewhere. I called 911 gave a description and within 1.5 min we had cops IN our bedroom going up our fire escape, on the roof, and all over the building. After a few minutes, they didn’t see anyone on the roof so we thanked them, got a cops contact info and as he was leaving we heard on his walkie “we got something downstairs”
Apparently while there were a million cops in the hallway, 3 guys tried to exit our building and came out of one of the back apartments pretending like they lived here and almost pulled it off until one of the cops was like “wait wait wait he matches the description of the one she saw”
All 3 were arrested for breaking and entering. The man I saw run up the fire escape had a fake gun tucked in his pants and has apparently used it in the past to rob people on the street. He has been arrested multiple times for other offenses and even once in this apartment building two years ago when nobody lived here. The one I saw running is apparently “going away for a while” because they’ve given him a lot of chances and even talked to him and his mom about how he needs to change his ways and be good for his mother and the very next day he was in trouble again.
I’m just glad they were all caught and nobody got hurt and we didn’t get robbed. So much could have happened and I’m so thankful to all the cops that showed up last night and took our concern seriously even before they found the guys, they made me feel so comfortable and I think my whole body stopped shaking about 25 minutes later after they kept talking to me.
I know we live in bushwick and the area is “changing” but it doesn’t matter where you live or how much you pay in rent for your fancy apartment. Things happen everywhere.
So, LOCK YOUR WINDOWS.
And please call the police if you know something is going on specially INSIDE your own apartment building. This could have been over the night before last night but because someone was afraid to call 911, we had to deal with it last night and then couldn’t fall asleep for hours after it ended.
We just kept looking out the window and I’m pretty sure I woke up every 20 minutes in a panic..but we’re safe.
Have a happy Sunday, friends.