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D.C. man charged with trespassing after refusing to leave AOC’s Queens office building, sprays cops with fire extinguisher

2019-06-16

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Kendall Rodriguez / for New York/New York Daily News)

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.

“It appears to have been a coincidence that this happened in our building,” Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, told WNBC. “We are glad that it was resolved peacefully.”