SAN FRANCISCO—Software engineer Kip Macy, 33, and real estate agent Nicole Macy, 32, are facing felony charges after they told workers to cut the beams supporting a renter's apartment. The renter recently successfully fought eviction in court. Their actions are being described as a "campaign" to terrorize tenants into leaving.
The couple also shut off his electricity, cut his phone line, and had workers saw a hole in his living room floor from below.
The couple were also charged with terrorizing two other tenants in the building who began paying the reduced rent after concluding that they were being overcharged under the city's rent control law.
The two broke into the tenants' apartment last June and stole $2,000 in cash, a Gucci watch, and a cell phone. The tenants, Erik Hernandez and Jason Lopez, later filed a lawsuit accusing the Macys of first changing the locks on the apartment, then illegally entering their unit and dismantling some of their furniture.
When Hernandez came home and confronted Kip Macy as the landlord was ransacking his apartment, Macy kicked him in the chest. Threatening notes then started appearing at the tenants' door, and the water was shut off after the Macys stopped paying the bill.