A homeless man spent three days trapped inside a Marshalls store in Colorado before firefighters managed to free him, according to the Longmont Police Department.
Police received a phone call around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday from store employees who said they could hear a man screaming for help. Although staff members were unsure where the plea was coming from, they claimed that the man was definitely somewhere inside the store.
Authorities later noted that employees had heard the man yelling for help the day before, but that they couldn’t locate him. When first responders finally arrived on the scene, they discovered that the man, later identified as 35-year-old Paul Felyk, had been lodged between an exterior wall and an interior wall.
In order to save Felyk, firefighters used a circular saw to slice the facade of the store open. Felyk was removed from the wall around 10 a.m and taken to Longmont United Hospital.
Felyk reportedly snuck into the department store through a vent in the roof and tumbled down 20 feet inside the wall. Although police are currently looking into possible charges, Felyk has not been arrested.
Police are investigating other suspicious incidents that occurred at neighboring businesses involving heating and electrical systems in connection to Felyk. According to April Garcia, an employee at neighboring store Edible Arrangements, the heat and phones at her store went out on Monday.
“It was just too much of a coincidence,” Garcia said. “We started putting two and two together.”
This isn’t the first time Felyk has been confronted by the law. Over the summer, law enforcement officials spent two months tracking the 35-year-old down after he failed to appear in court for charges of criminal trespass of a dwelling and theft. During his time trapped between the wall, Felyk used his probation officer’s business card to write distress notes.
“You can’t make this stuff up,” Longmont police Sgt. Matt Cage said. “They were hard to read, but they definitely said help.”
Police used the distress notes to gauge how long Felyk had been trapped inside the wall. The first note was dated November 8, meaning Felyk probably fell in between both walls on Saturday.
Photo Source: Associated Press, Longmont Fire Dept.