He was plastered and she was floored. A new resident of a Kips Bay building took an unusual route to his apartment early Tuesday — and wound up trapped in a woman’s wall.
Gjyste (Julie) Margilaj, 33, said she heard a massive crash in her kitchen and panicked but then decided to investigate.
“I freaked … out for a couple of minutes, and then I went over to the kitchen and I heard someone panting and breathing like they were in obvious pain. They were freaking out,” she said. “I opened the kitchen vent so he could breathe.”
Cops and firefighters found the unidentified 30-year-old man stuck inside the wall of the first-floor apartment on E. 26th St. in Manhattan just after midnight. Authorities said they had to bust the wall open to get him out and the man luckily survived his ordeal uninjured.
The unexpected visitor had just moved into a fourth-floor apartment in the seven-story building and was hanging out with some friends on the roof when he decided to return to his apartment, cop sources said. But instead of taking the stairs in his unfamiliar building, he rode the duct work.
“Turns out that’s not the way for him to go,” one police source deadpanned.
Margilaj said she tried to calm the man, who was saying, “C’mon guys, all right guys, I can’t breathe, guys.”
He was trapped for 45 minutes as firefighters broke the wall.
“I thought he was playing a joke,” Margilaj said. “I couldn’t comprehend what was happening. It was so bizarre. He just didn’t make sense, he wasn’t coherent at all. He was saying he and his friends were playing around, he’s a doctor. I asked him if he was on drugs and he said ‘no.’ ”
Paramedics took the man to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation, police said.
Source: NY Daily News