Landlord locked tenants in garage

A Volusia County landlord has been arrested after officials say he locked his tenants in the garage and threatened to kill them. According to reports from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to Sparkman Avenue in Orange City on Tuesday. The victims called 911 and explained that their landlord, 66-year-old Lawrence Cohen, had locked them in the garage. Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Cohen through the door of the residence. He said he wanted the tenants out. Deputies told him they would walk the tenants out, but Cohen still refused to open the door. The deputy kicked in the door and ordered Cohen to put his hands behind his back. He shouted “No!” and proceeded to resist arrest. Deputies ultimately tased him multiple times before they were able to put him in handcuffs. Deputies removed the chair that was locking the tenants in the garage. The victims explained that the garage was set up as a bedroom. The only way out of the residence was through the home because the garage door was broken, but Cohen refused to unlock the door. Cohen reportedly threatened to kill or “stick” the victims if they came into the home. Cohen was arrested for false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

A Volusia County landlord has been arrested after officials say he locked his tenants in the garage and threatened to kill them.

According to reports from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to Sparkman Avenue in Orange City on Tuesday. The victims called 911 and explained that their landlord, 66-year-old Lawrence Cohen, had locked them in the garage.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke to Cohen through the door of the residence. He said he wanted the tenants out. Deputies told him they would walk the tenants out, but Cohen still refused to open the door.

The deputy kicked in the door and ordered Cohen to put his hands behind his back. He shouted “No!” and proceeded to resist arrest. Deputies ultimately tased him multiple times before they were able to put him in handcuffs.

Deputies removed the chair that was locking the tenants in the garage.

The victims explained that the garage was set up as a bedroom. The only way out of the residence was through the home because the garage door was broken, but Cohen refused to unlock the door. Cohen reportedly threatened to kill or “stick” the victims if they came into the home.

Cohen was arrested for false imprisonment and resisting arrest.

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