Slam­ming an axe at the door

Lester Dou­glas braced the door to pre­vent axe-wield­ing man from en­ter­ing his apart­ment build­ing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY jday@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/GuardianJimDay

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 52year-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.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

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. The slices from the axe can be seen on the door and door frame.

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