A woman was robbed of her personal belongings Friday by the superintendent of the Uniondale apartment building she was looking to move into, Nassau County police said.
The woman, 31, had an agreement to rent a second-floor unit on Nassau Road and met with building superintendent Arnold Padgett, 56, about 1 p.m. Friday, police said.
Padgett told the woman her apartment wasn’t ready, but walked her to the basement to show her where additional storage was available, police said in a news release.
In the basement, Padgett grabbed the woman and held her against a wall while holding a screw-gun power tool. He demanded $800, which he told the victim was for court, officers said.
After taking her cellphone, ATM bank card and personal identification number, Padgett ordered the victim upstairs and they started walking to a nearby deli.
Once outside, the woman ran to an auto body shop and called police.
Minutes later, Padgett walked into the shop and handed the woman back her belongings and said, “You gotta pay me the money you owe me.”
Police said the woman didn’t owe Padgett money.
When police arrived, Padgett, still in possession of the screw gun, was arrested, according to a news release.
Padgett was charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
At his arraignment Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead, he was ordered held on $150,000 cash bail or bond, and a temporary order of protection was issued, according to online court records. He is due back in court on Wednesday.