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Man Holds $1,200 Vacuum Hostage In Tarrytown Pay Dispute

A worker at the Edgemont Condominiums who felt he was owed money temporarily held an expensive vacuum hostage, Tarrytown police reported.
A worker at the Edgemont Condominiums who felt he was owed money temporarily held an expensive vacuum hostage, Tarrytown police reported. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A man decided to hold a $1,200 vacuum for ransom because the Edgemont Condominiums allegedly had not paid him for work he did, Tarrytown police said.

An employee of the condominiums reported on Nov. 20 that a vacuum had been stolen from a job site after he got into an argument with the worker over payment. The employee said the worker took the vacuum to hold until he was paid.

Police contacted the man, who agreed to return the vacuum, and advised him to file a civil lawsuit if he felt he was owed money.

The employee did not want to press criminal charges against the worker.

Police also reported the following items:

  • Several Crest Drive residents reported that a motorist was speeding erratically around the cul-de-sac on Nov. 20 and possibly hit something. Police later found a mirror had been damaged on a Honda Pilot parked on the street, but did not know if the damage was new.
  • Christopher Demauro, 26, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and Barbara Nokaj, 22, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor, on North Washington Street on Nov. 20.
  • A Tarrytown resident reported being bitten by a white Siberian husky in Patriot's Park on Nov. 19. Police filed an animal bite report with the Westchester County Department of Health.
  • Thomas Shumansky, 57, was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a misdemeanor, and third-degree attempted assault, a misdemeanor, after his girlfriend reported she was hit in the face and suffered bruises on her arm during an argument on Nov. 18.
  • A bicyclist was taken to Phelps Memorial Hospital for a hip injury on Nov. 17 after being struck by a car on Wildey Street.

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