Fresno police interceded Monday morning when a woman occupying an abandoned home allegedly vandalized the pickup truck of a worker sent to board up the structure.
It was more than the worker, Fernando Naranjo, bargained for when he went to the home north of Nees Avenue on Maple Avenue in northeast Fresno. Naranjo said the home and another one nearby are going to be torn down so a new structure can go up. His employer asked him to board up the windows to prevent squatters from moving in.
But when he drove up, he said he found that the woman was already in the process of moving in.
“I told her that I was here to board it up,” he said. “She said, ‘you can’t do that, I’m the owner.’ ”
Naranjo said, “I don’t think you are the owner.” That when, he said, the woman grabbed a metal bar and started hitting his truck, smashing headlights and taillights as Naranjo backed away to the street and called his boss.
“You better call the police, this lady’s going crazy,” Naranjo said he told the boss.
Naranjo said he understood that the woman may have lived in the home previously.
“She saw the house was empty and said, ‘time to move in.’ ”
He said the woman also threatened him with the bar and as he retreated he pulled a machete out of the truck.
“I told her, ‘don’t get close to me.’ Enough is enough.”
Police spokesman Joe Gomez said the woman was being treated as an emotionally disturbed person and would not be charged.
After Naranjo finished his narrative, he reached for a coffee.
“I’ve had enough action for the day,” he sighed.