Tenant late on rent captures landlord on camera destroying home and threatening to kill him
Tenants in Warwick late on rent captured their landlord on camera, saying he destroyed their home and threatened to kill them. There is now a warrant out for the landlord’s arrest.
Larry Adekeye and his wife Cassandra rent one bedroom in the home on Suburban Parkway. They pay weekly but Adekeye said he is about 5 weeks overdue on rent because he hasn’t received his unemployment checks.
Adekeye said their landlord, Frank Marr, showed up to their home on Wednesday, demanding they pay.
Adekeye and his wife captured the exchange on camera, where Marr is seen destroying the home.
“He came in the house he destroyed the kitchen, slammed the glass, and plates,” Adekeye said.
The couple has been renting from Marr since November, after they found the listing on Craigslist.
“He’s screaming the boss is here get out of my house,” Adekeye said. “I’m going to cut your throat. I’m going to kill you your mom, everyone.”
Warwick Police tell ABC6 news there is a warrant out for Marr’s arrest. He is charged with 1 count of disorderly conduct and 1 count of simple assault, both misdemeanors.
According to court documents, Marr has a lengthy record. Charges include felony assault, fifth-degree arson, disorderly conduct, simple assault, and vandalism.
Adekeye said he was approved for unemployment after he was let go from his job recently, but his account was frozen and he’s still waiting for his payments.
“I tried calling them, I tried emailing them,” Adekeye said. “I got an automated message that someone would contact me in 3 to 5 days and that was 5 days ago.
Adekeye and his wife now want justice and don’t believe simple assault justifies what was happened to them.
“I didn’t think he would physically attack us,” she said. “You feel as though your space is now threatened, your peace from the outside world is now being threatened by the person you’re supposed to trust to give you that space.”
The two say they don’t plan on moving out because they are struggling financially and both just lost their jobs, depending on their unemployment claims to come in.
We also reached to the Department of Labor and Training to find out why Rhode Islanders already approved for unemployment claims, were experiencing frozen accounts
Due to ongoing investigations, the department can’t say how many accounts are frozen and why.
If people have received a payment in the past and have not yet received one for the last week, a spokesperson says they should fill out the online inquiry form and a member of their team will be in touch.
However, many, including Adekeye said they have yet to hear back.