About 6 months ago we had new neighbors move in below us. We didn’t think much about it and we barely saw them! One night when Jeff and I came home from grocery shopping we heard someone screaming! At first I thought someone was dying! NOT EVEN KIDDING! I have never heard this kind of yelling before…except for in movies or something. This was like belligerent, crazy, scary, psycho screaming! I was terrified at first but Jeff reassured me that everything was OK.
Well I few weeks later we heard it again…and again and again! It started to come more often and we could hear what he was saying more and more clear! He had nothing nice to say when he would scream…in fact it was always very very vulgar! He would repeat himself and yell the F word every couple seconds…it was confusing and disturbing!
Then the yelling started to be accompanied by slamming of doors and poundings on the wall! I could have sworn this dude was killing someone down there.
Jeff and I decided that the next time we hear it we are going to call the cops! So just a few days later it happened again and we called them…they came fast! We were sitting in our apt when we heard a huge bang and our whole apartment shook! Then we heard a knock on the door and it was the cops they came in and asked us to talk to them…they said he was acting a little off and that when they gave his driver’s license back he didn’t know what it was…it was almost as if he was like two different people! They also said they didn’t think he was all there and they think he was drinking…which totally confused me cause for a really long time I thought this kid was only like 17! I wondered to myself why they weren’t getting him for underage drinking! (I found out today from our manager that he is 27!!! This guy does not look 27!) They then said that the moment we hear him again to call them ASAP and they will come back because I think something really is going on!
Meanwhile I went and told my manager about this guy and she assured me that he was a nice guy and she has never had any problems with him! She said that we could always call the cops if we felt like something was wrong! So to say the least we didn’t feel like we had very much help with this crazy neighbor thing!
Anyways we waited and waited and waited for him to freak out again and he never did…a few weeks went by and we though we were in the clear…then right before I had Reagan I heard him again! We didn’t do anything about it but the day we got home from the hospital he was back to his crazy self…yelling and pounding…so we called the cops again! The cops came and asked us what we were hearing. They said that he was acting totally normal and just making dinner. They acted annoyed and that we were being over protective and weird! It was frustrating that it seemed that even the cops didn’t believe us…why would we call the cops if we didn’t feel like it was a hostile environment! Anyone would be scared if they heard this guy!
After that call from the cops we kinda felt hopeless…they didn’t do anything and we just had to deal with it! It was getting worse too! He would scream and slam doors almost every other day now! He would do it during the day or even at 3 in the morning! I heard him while I was feeding Reagan once! Anyways Jeff started thinking that maybe he had something mentally wrong with him…like tourettes or bipolar or something. Our friends saw him in the club house talking to himself and they thought the same thing…so for some reason that made us feel a little better! Meanwhile Jeff went and talked to our manager again and she said she couldn’t do anything about him unless he was to threaten us. So we knew we just had to suck it up!
A couple days later Jeff was outside on the lawn and saw him go past on his bike. Jeff decided it would be better if we just tried to be nice to him. So he started making small talk with him. After that day Jeff told me he was just a nice guy who was doing his own thing in life and needed friends. I told him OK and I would stop freaking out…especially if he couldn’t help himself from the yelling and stuff.
So last night…YET AGAIN! We heard screaming…then our apartment shook cause he had slammed his door again…we tried to ignore it but then it happen 2 more times so Jeff went out the door and told him to stop slamming it! That is when he freaked out on Jeff! He was screaming at him asking him what his problem was…Jeff told him he didn’t need to freak out and he just wanted to him to stop slamming his door because it was shaking our apt.
The guy then said his door was broken so Jeff was trying to be a nice guy and said well then let me help you fix it! He went down there and the guy was acting totally normal…it was like he was never mad at Jeff. He was giving him high fives and offering to buy him a drink and telling him he was cool…so Jeff tried to spark conversation with him too. Jeff asked him where he was from…and it just turned ugly from there! He started accusing Jeff of interrogating him and didn’t understand why he wanted to know everything about him. Jeff just smiled and said he was just making conversation. Then the guy really snapped! He started freaking out and asking Jeff why he was always smiling and saying stuff like…”I remember you…you tried to talk to me before…you tried to interrogate me before!” Jeff started to make his way back up to our apartment because he knew this guy was clearly not thinking straight…from the smell of alcohol on his breath to the crazy talk Jeff knew he had to get out of there.
While Jeff was walking up to our apartment the guy started to ask him if he wanted to ‘go’! He was saying stuff like, “Come on I can take you!” “How much do you weigh?…I can take you!” Jeff didn’t respond and started walking up the stairs when he went behind Jeff and started shoving him and pushing him. That is when I ran outside cause I could hear him screaming again…I didn’t get it he was totally fine when I heard him literally 2 seconds ago! He was slapping Jeff’s arms down and telling him to get to level ground so he could fight him. He was spitting in Jeff’s face and chest bumping him. He was not backing down…Jeff kept telling him to calm down and that there is no reason to fight him. Meanwhile through the F words (literally ever other word) the guy was continuing to get in his face! I ran inside and called the cops! I knew this guy wasn’t going anywhere!
Thank goodness our neighbor was outside cause this guy was not getting out of Jeff’s face and once I came out the apt he started coming up the stairs like he was trying to get to our apt!
The neighbor told him to get off the stairs…so the guy started going at it with this guy. At this point the cops pulled up and arrested him right away! They then asked for statements from the people involved.
Soooo now he is in jail (at least for today) and yes he is getting evicted once he gets out of jail. And yes he does in fact have a mental condition and yes he was intoxicated. He has 4 days to leave his apartment.
So the question I have now is…What will happen when he gets out of jail?…Does he have more beef with Jeff?…It is hard for me to feel safe now that I know he will be around for the next 4 days! The manager did say that I might want to consider a restraining order…UGH I don’t know what to do.
It is hard to feel safe when this happened…I mean it would be different if this was just a one time thing but Jeff and I know that he is crazy and what if he snaps when he gets home!…
The whole situation is lame!