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Scarsdale Police Assist Homeless Man Sleeping In Garbage Closet

2 Spencer Place in Scarsdale.
2 Spencer Place in Scarsdale. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Police intervention was required in Scarsdale, when a homeless man attempted to beat the cold by taking shelter in the garbage closet of a Spencer Place apartment building.

Officers from the Scarsdale Police Department were dispatched to 2 Spencer Place at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, following reports of an unauthorized African American that was inside the building.

Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by the caller, who stated that the suspect - later identified as Victor Charles - had walked down the nearby staircase to the northbound platform of the Metro-North Railroad station.

While speaking with Charles, officers were told that he was homeless, and had been working for a cleaning service that was servicing the building, though in the police report, officers noted that “his clothes were soiled and it was apparent that he was being dishonest with patrols’ questions.”

During their investigation, it was determined that Charles had been laying down and sleeping in the garbage closet for an undisclosed amount of time. Police said that during the investigation, Charles “became angry, agitated and started screaming,” which led to his apprehension and landed him in a holding cell for his safety.

After speaking with the building owners, who decided not to pursue criminal charges, Charles was transported by patrol to Open Arms Homeless Shelter in White Plains due to the cold weather. Police noted that Charles had “a lengthy criminal history,” but there were no outstanding warrants out for his arrest.

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