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Tenant criticizes Harbor Heights management for not evicting accused ‘Peeping Tom’

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SACKETS HARBOR — Jan J. Blackledge, a tenant at Harbor Heights Apartments, is dissatisfied that management has taken no action to evict a man charged by village police with harassment in a Peeping Tom case.

Randy M. Dumas, 56, was charged by police last month with second-degree harassment following two incidents in which Ms. Blackledge allegedly felt threatened by his behavior at the low-income apartment complex, off Woolsey Street next to Sackets Harbor Central School. Mr. Dumas is scheduled to appear on the charge on June 24 in Hounsfield Town Court.

Ms. Blackledge, whose apartment in Building A is next to Mr. Dumas’s, has stayed at a friend’s residence at Madison Barracks since the first incident May 5. She filed a complaint with village police and Doldo Real Estate of Watertown, which manages the complex, after Mr. Dumas was caught standing outside the front window of her apartment about 1:30 a.m.

“I was sitting by my window and watching TV, and I glanced out and saw a man standing outside my window,” Ms. Blackledge, 60, said. “I asked him what he was doing, and he said he was looking for lights on at apartments and saw mine was the only one with lights on. He said he didn’t like being alone.”

Ms. Blackledge, meanwhile, plans to move to an apartment in a different building at the complex by the end of the month. She is upset that management has not evicted Mr. Dumas.

“I don’t believe that man should be here. He’s a Peeping Tom, and he scared the hell out of me,” she said. “And I think it’s unjust that I have to leave my apartment, and he’s sitting here with nothing being done about it. They told me he was going to move two weeks ago, then they said last week he was going to move. Management is now saying they can’t do anything until he goes to court. They say he has to go to court to have him legally removed.”

Patricia Doldo, property manager for Doldo Real Estate, did not return calls Monday seeking comment.

Mr. Dumas was arrested by village police following a second incident May 14, in which he allegedly threatened Ms. Blackledge when she stopped by her apartment at 1:40 p.m. to check her mail, according to police. He was arrested May 16 and arraigned in Hounsfield Town Court. The town justice issued a restraining order for Mr. Dumas to refrain from contacting Ms. Blackledge, said Richard G. “Butch” Coseo, sergeant in charge for the Sackets Harbor Police Department.

“On the first complaint, she wasn’t looking for an arrest. She wasn’t really too concerned about the guy, but he scared her,” Mr. Coseo said. “She thought Harbor Heights was going to take care of the matter. But the second time, he turned around and basically threatened her.”

Mr. Coseo said that he was surprised management at the complex took no action to evict Mr. Dumas.

“Between the first offense and the second incident, I thought they might have taken it into consideration,” he said. “But I haven’t talked to them directly.”

During the second incident, Ms. Blackledge said, Mr. Dumas told her there would be retribution if he was evicted from his apartment.

“He said, ‘If you think you’re going to have me kicked out of my home, you’re wrong. You have another think coming, and you’re not going to like the consequences,’” she said.

The lease agreement signed by tenants at Harbor Heights, which was provided by Ms. Blackledge, stipulates that ongoing harassment could be grounds for an eviction: “If the Resident presents a substantial and continuing threat to the health or safety of other residents, Management may issue a Notice of Health or Safety Violation and Termination,” it reads.

The agreement also says, “No tenant shall perform acts or otherwise cause other resident(s) of the building to experience undue fear or apprehension.”

Ms. Blackledge said she will continue to live in fear until Mr. Dumas is evicted from the complex.

“I consider the management very detrimental to me, and it frightens me that I’m being forced to live with him in my community,” she said. “I don’t think it’s proper, and I think people should know about it.”

An attempt to contact Mr. Dumas on Monday at his apartment was unsuccessful. 

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