WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Warwick police have arrested a landlord accused of barging into his tenants’ home and attacking them after they didn’t pay rent on time.
Frank Marr, 65, faces charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident last week, which was captured on video.
Larry and Cassandra Adekeye told Eyewitness News on Tuesday they were still awaiting unemployment benefits after recently being laid off.
When they were unable to pay rent, the couple said Marr stormed into their Oakland Beach home and began throwing stuff around and threatening them.
“He aggressively came into the house, was banging on my door, breaking all of the dishes, slamming everything,” Larry recalled. “He attacked me, threw all the glassware at me, and was just really aggressive — spitting in my face, telling me he was going to kill me, that he was going to slit my throat.”
In the video, Marr can also be heard threatening to evict the Adekeyes, even though evictions are currently barred in Rhode Island due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since both charges are misdemeanors and Marr isn’t on probation, police said he was released with a summons to appear in court on September 3.