Homeless tent pops up...on roof of a Nob Hill business

Kai Porter
October 20, 2017 06:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police arrested two people on outstanding warrants after they were found illegally camping in a tent on the roof of an Albuquerque office building Friday.


The couple could face additional charges of trespassing.

"I've heard they have dishes stacked up there,” said Elizabeth Vencill, who owns the building at Central and Quincy that houses her law firm. “They planned on staying. I'm so glad they never built a fire because that would probably be next. They'd burn my whole building up."

Vencill said she's dealt with problems caused by homeless people in the past, but never thought they'd turn her roof into a campsite.

"If I was strong and not afraid of them having weapons I would have gone up and told them to get out of there right then, and got their names and started removing their property," she said.

Instead, she called 911.

KOB was there Friday morning as Albuquerque police arrived and arrested a man and a woman.

"Well it's good to see who they were,” Vencill said. “Because it was a mystery who was up there in the tent, and my husband tells me he recognizes the male. He's been a problem in the area for a little bit of time."

After arresting the couple, two APD officers removed the tent to prevent another homeless person from moving in. Vencill will have to deal with cleaning up the belongings and trash left behind at the illegal campsite.

"We've been meeting with a lot of the other neighbors who have similar problems, although ours is the weirdest. No one's had a tent on their roof,” Vencill said. “But my neighbor has had someone on her roof trying to re-wire her electricity so he can hook up his television. I mean, it's a chronic problem."

Vencill said she will start regularly checking the roof for illegal campers.


Kai Porter

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