Tenant braces door against axe-wielding man in Charlottetown

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on January 5, 2016

Lester Douglas did his best to keep an angry, axe-wielding man from slashing his way into a Charlottetown apartment building last week before police arrived on the scene.

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It was the kind of banging at the door most would likely refuse to answer.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a man was repeatedly slamming an axe into the front door of an apartment complex in Charlottetown.

Tenant Lester Douglas says he rushed downstairs from his second-floor apartment to size up the commotion.

He quickly braced his foot up against the locked door.

“He wasn’t coming in,’’ he says.

“He was completely out of ‘er.’’

Douglas, looking to bide some time, told the man that he would let him in the building if he put the axe down.

The man tossed the axe aside in a snow bank.

Fortunately, Douglas did not have to open the door or give the man a reason why the door would remain closed.

Charlottetown Police had just arrived on the scene at 201 Euston St.

Police took the man, a 52-year-old Charlottetown resident, to the Provincial Correctional Centre.

He was later released.

He is to appear in court on a charge of mischief resulting from damage to property.

Charlottetown Police Cpl. William Almon says police responded to the call for assistance at about 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 31.

“They do pretty stupid things when they’ve been drinking,’’ says Almon.

“Who knows what could have happened if our guys didn’t arrive on scene as soon as they did.’’

Almon says the man is not a resident of the building but had been inside and was causing a disturbance.

The owner of the building told the individual to leave the premises.

The man told the owner he wanted his personal items that were in the building.

While the owner went into the building to look for the items, he locked the man outside.

The man then grabbed an axe from the owner’s truck and started slamming it into the door.

Douglas says the violent action was a rude awakening to an otherwise sleepy day.

“I was kind of enjoying watching reruns of MASH to tell you the truth...that brought it to a halt in a hurry,’’ he says.