She Heard The Door Unlock

Someone was trying to break into a woman’s apartment at the Taft. He turned out to be one of the building’s security guards.

The woman, rattled, told her tale to the cops, who made an arrest.

The incident took place near midnight Saturday. Here’s what happened, according to top downtown cop Sgt. Tammi Means:

The woman, a Yale student, heard a knock on her door at the Taft Apartments at College and Chapel between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. She wasn’t expecting anybody. She didn’t answer.

Next she heard a key (it would turn out to be a master key) in the lock, turning.

Fortunately, she had also dead-bolted the door.

“Who is it?” she called out.

“Oh, I’m looking for Paris,” responded a male voice on the other side of the door.

No one by that name lives here, the woman informed him.

“Sorry,” he said.

The woman approached the peephole—and spotted a man as he ran away. He wore a security guard uniform.

Shaken, the woman called 911 as well as the Yale cops. Both New Haven and Yale officers arrived on scene. As Yale officers detained the two security guards on duty, New Haven officers interviewed the woman. Then she viewed the security guards through the peephole. She identified the man who had tried to enter her apartment.

The man admitted he’d been at her door, according to Means. “I was just trying to return the key,” he said at first. He subsequently acknowledged: “I fucked up.” The police arrested the man, who is 25 years old.

Police found a b.b. gun in his bag. He told the police he had it for his own protection.

Three days earlier, downtown city and Yale police collaborated on the arrest of another man who turned out to be carrying a b.b. gun.

A 54-year-old homeless man named Pierre got into a loud argument with another man inside the Starbucks at Church and Chapel at around 6:40 p.m. The other man contacted police, who showed up to find Pierre asleep in a chair, his hand in his waistband. They roused him. He awoke with a start, then began causing a ruckus again. Police arrested him and found a black and silver Daisy b.b. pistol on him.

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