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Page 6-Friday, August 7, 1981-The Michigan Daily

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Tenants accuse
N.Y. landlord
of harassment

NEW YORK (AP)-Like most lan-
dlords, the Latora family lost money on
rent-controlled apartments whose oc-
cupants stayed year after year. Unlike
most, police say, the Latoras tried to
frighten tenants out.
What authorities describe as "a cam-
paign of terror" ended Wednesday
when 10 officers with shotguns kicked in
the door of the Latoras' apartment, as
the Latoras allegedly held a knife to the
throat of a young lawyer who represen-
ted one of their tenants.
POLICE SAID the -landlords were
threatening to cut out her heart,
enraged because they found she was
carrying a transmitter and tape recor-
der provided by the district attorney.
The Latoras-father Salvatore, 54,
and his sons John, 24, Vincent, 23, and
Robert, 20-were charged with attem-
pted murder, assault, reckless en-
dangerment and illegal possession of a
dangerous weapon. '
A spokeswoman for the district attor-
ney said the deaths of three elderly
tenants-one of a heart attack after an
argument with Vincent Latora-were

under investigation by a grand jury.
THE FAMILY bought a four-story,
48-unit brick building in Brooklyn in
January. Police say they tried to drive
old tenants out in order to circumvent
laws limiting rent increases for incum-
bent tenants; landlords can charge
greater increases to new tenants.
"You're 70 years old and you come
home and find glue in your locks. You
get it fixed, come home, and there's
glue again," said Kenneth Cox, a
tenant. "That kind of harassment has to
eat at you."
The Latoras allegedly kicked in an
elderly tenant's door four times in one
week, prevented a nurse with insulin
from entering to see a diabetic tenant
and cut off power in several apartmen-
ts.
TENANTS IN two first-floor apar-
tments returned home to find that signs
offering their quarters as "professional
suites" had been posted in their win-
dows.
"We tried to organize, but they had
the old people frightened," said Cox,
who is 38. "Each time fewer of them
came to the meetings."
The tenants say that when they called
their first meeting, the Latoras stood
outside the apartment where tenants
gathered and stared as they entered.
During the second meeting, the Latoras
cut off the lights.

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