Third-floor tenant accused of sawing off fire escape

Published on Friday, 24 May 2019 19:46
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - A tenant of an apartment building in the city was charged by police after he allegedly sawed off the fire escape to his apartment. Nicholas Lepinski, 29, of Wilson Street, is charged with second-degree breach of peace and second-degree reckless endangerment.

According to the incident report for his arrest, police responded to the apartment building around 10:20 p.m. Monday to a report of an alarmed tenant stating the third floor tenant was cutting the fire escape with a saw. Police found there was no access from the first to the second floor off the fire escape and only the third floor portion was intact and attached to the residence.

A man, later identified as Lepinski, yelled “I did it,” from the third floor while police were checking out the fire escape, the report said.

Police had responded to the apartment building earlier in the day when Lepinski called police saying there were about six to seven men inside his apartment and they used the fire escape to enter his apartment.

Police found that claim to be invalid. The other tenants told police they never heard anyone outside besides Lepisnki and no one else uses the fire escape.

Lepinski admitted to police he damaged the fire escape because he did not want people entering his home again, and repeated he had to “keep the people out,” the report said. Lepisnki told police the people who tried to enter his apartment were wearing hooded sweatshirts.

The other tenants complained to police that damaging the fire escaped made the building unsafe.

The New Britain Fire Department said the fire escape was no longer usable for the second and third floors and needed to be repaired, the report said.

Lepinski was arraigned in New Britain Superior Court Tuesday and ordered held on $10,000 bond because he has had previous run-ins with the law in Virginia, Florida and New Jersey. He is due back in court on May 28.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 24 May 2019 19:46. Updated: Friday, 24 May 2019 19:48.