Alleged bullies tell their side of story

Posted at: 09/10/2013 10:46 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two women are accused of bullying other adults at a low-income apartment in southeast Albuquerque.

Now the alleged bullies are telling their side of the story.

The Albuquerque Housing Authority is considering its next step but it’s in a tough position, especially given the people in question could otherwise be living out on the streets.

Around half the residents at the federally-funded apartment on Gibson near San Pedro say they’ve complained about two neighbors for years and nothing’s been done.

The accused bullies say they’ve done nothing wrong.

“I'm not a bully, dear,” said Diana Dadig. “I'm always in my apartment.

I've been a loner all my life."

Dadig’s neighbor says she feels like she’s in jail living near her.

"She throws pee on my door. I've been cleaning it every morning when I get up," said Gloria Intogna.

Dadig denies throwing urine on her neighbor’s door.

The other alleged bully is Isabel Montoya.

She has cerebral palsy and has called Wainwright Manor home for the past 26 years.

Some tenants claim she calls them names and is downright dangerous.

"…Chasing me up and down the hallways with her wheelchair," said Terry George.

Montoya denies trying to run down anyone.

“Of course we take we take this very seriously,” said Linda Bridge, executive director of the Albuquerque Housing Authority.

Bridge is asking anyone with complaints to call her office, but the Housing Authority is treading lightly.

“We take any action cautiously in that we want to make sure we are following the law,” said Bridge.

She won’t talk specifics of this case, but Bridge says in general, tenants could potentially be evicted or moved to another building for disturbing other tenants.

The Housing Authority also has to abide by Federal Fair Housing Laws, making sure it doesn’t discriminate against any tenant, especially someone with a disability.

“If they throw me out, she's going to go to a nursing home because there's nobody else that can help her the way I do," said Dadig.

The feud has gotten so bad, there are restraining orders on both sides and APD has been called to the manor many times.

The Housing Authority says it will decide what to do next after hearing from the residents.

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