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Landlord calls cops on tenant who played dead to avoid paying rent, tenant arrested on an unrelated warrant

2019-09-05

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A Maine man who played dead to fool his landlord was arrested when the building owner called cops, who discovered the alleged deadbeat was very much alive — and had an outstanding warrant.

Fort Kent, Maine, man Ted Zarins is now residing in Aroostook County Jail near the Canadian border, according to Bangor Daily News.

The 28-year-old man had reportedly fallen behind on rent and played possum when his landlord came to collect. When that unidentified landlord phoned authorities, a Fort Kent police officer and a state trooper responded to the man’s Main St. apartment.

Zarins’ warrant stemmed from a criminal threatening charge for which he reportedly blew off his court date. He’s expected to go before a district court judge Sept. 16.