Kip and Nicole Macy "Landlords From Hell" Evicted From Freedom
Just be glad they're nothing like ex-SF landlords Kip and Nicole Macy, ages 38 and 37, who pleaded guilty to a slew of crimes yesterday, including stalking and burglarizing their tenants during a housing dispute from 2005 to 2007.
The couple, who was recently extradited from Italy, reportedly wanted to evict their tenants from an apartment building on Clementia Street in SOMA. So they devised a malicious plan so brazen that it could easily be the plot to a horror movie, said District Attorney George Gascón.
According to court documents, the Macys started the insanity in August 2006 when Nicole Macy sent a fraudulent email, from an email account which she created, to the victim's attorney representing him in a civil matter against the couple. In the email, she fires the victim's attorney while pretending to be the victim.
Oh it gets worse. Nicole Macy also sent a fraudulent email from another email account that she created, this time to her and her husband's own attorneys in the civil matter. In that e-mail, Nicole Macy pretends to be the victim, and threatens to kidnap and dismember the attorneys' children.
The craziness quickly escalated into being dangerous, according to the District Attorney's Office. In September 2006, on two occasions, the defendants cut holes in the floor of one victim's living room with a power saw while he was inside his apartment. The Macys also cut multiple sections out of the joists below the victim's floor, apparently hoping the floor would collapse while people were standing on it. Even before that, Nicole Macy had asked a Department of Building Inspector which beam she would need to cut to make the building structurally unsound in order to red tag the building and order all tenants out, prosecutors said.
Then in March 2007, Kip Macy purchased a semi-automatic handgun and told his building manager that if he came by the apartment building, he would shoot him. The couple also changed the locks of a victim's apartment but only after removing all the property from the unit and destroying it.
The taxpayers are your new landlord
In June 2007, defendants committed burglaries in three other units, where they took nearly all of the victims' belongings and stashed them into garbage bags. When the victims came home, Kip Macy reportedly kicked one of the victim's in the ribs.
Some $1,800 in cash was missing and never recovered.
The harassment continued when the defendants sent letters to these victims -- one threatening to have them deported and the other referencing the NRA with a few threats attached. In October 2007, the defendants soaked the victims' beds, clothes and electronics with ammonia.
Over the course of two years, the defendants cut the victims' telephone lines, shut off their electricity, gas and water, and prevented access to the utility box. Nicole Macy directed workers to board up one victim's windows from the outside while he was in his apartment. She then falsely reported trespassers in the victim's apartment, which ended with the victim and a friend being held by police at gunpoint.
The terrorizing came to an end in April 2008 when Kip and Nicole Macy were charged with felonies, including first-degree residential burglary, stalking, conspiracy, grand theft, vandalism, false impersonation and criminal threats. Both posted bail of $250,000 and in February 2009, the defendants were indicted by a grand jury. However, in June 2010, the duo disappeared, and warrants for their arrest were issued.
On May 19, 2012, defendants were taken into custody in Italy with the help of special agents form the Diplomatic Security Service. The defendants were extradited, brought back to San Francisco on May 17, 2013, and bail was set at $2 million each.
The Macys will receive four years and four months in prison as well as two strikes under California's Three Strikes Law. They will be sentenced on August 22, 2013.
Now for the burning question: Why didn't the unfortunate tenants just move?