A Washington, D.C. man was charged with trespassing after he refused to leave Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez’s office building in Queens and tried to barricade himself inside a janitor’s closet, cops said Sunday.
Douala Hashi, 31, entered the Jackson Heights building on 37th Ave. near 74th St. a little before 5 p.m. Saturday and ran up to the third floor. When he wouldn’t get out, building security officers called police.
When cops arrived on the third floor, Hashi grabbed a fire extinguisher and sprayed it at the officers. He then ran into a janitor’s closet with a broken bottle but the officers were able to coax him out, police said.
Hashi was charged with menacing, criminal mischief and trespassing. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. His arraignment in Queens Criminal Court was pending.
The NYPD says the man never broke into Ocasio-Cortez’s actual office, which opened in March. Authorities do not believe he had any connection to the congresswoman, who was not in the office at the time of the incident.