ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An Albany landlord is facing charges, accused of kidnapping tenants he couldn’t evict due to the pandemic.
Shawn Douglas is now out on bail.READ MORE: COVID Impact: Jersey City Schools In-Person Learning Back On, But Some Parents Have Concerns About Phased-In Approach
His tenants tell police they were abducted early Sunday morning at gunpoint, restrained with zip ties and covered with pillowcases.READ MORE: Earth Day: Going Vertical In Newark, Innovative AeroFarms Grows More With Less
They say Douglas then dumped them at a cemetery 30 miles away in Ghent.
“He’s lucky they came out of that alive. They could have froze to death out there, whatever the case may be,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. “You have to be tolerant. There is a process. I didn’t invent it, so don’t call down here to the sheriff’s office screaming and yelling like everybody has been for the last 12 months.”MORE NEWS: MTA At Odds With NYPD Over Response To Subway Crime As More People Return To Public Transit
That ban on evictions remains in place until May 1.